Monday's Message of Hope

The Blessings of Work!
Monday, September 5, 2022 by Penelope Kaye

Hello, dear friend

Today in America we celebrate Labor Day, a day set aside to honor men and women who labor among us. Since God ordained work from the Garden of Eden, I thought it might be good to take a peek at a few scriptures to see what the Lord says about work:

So I perceived that nothing is better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him? (Ecclesiastes 3:22, NKJV)

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:17, NKJV)

Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men. (Proverbs 22:29, NKJV)

Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God. (Ecclesiastes 2:24, NKJV)

. . . and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 3:13, NKJV)

What can we discern from these verses? Work gives us balance and order in our lives. Work gives us purpose and meaning in life. Work gives us provision for ourselves and opportunities to bless others. Work gives us joy and blessing.

However, not all work experiences are positive. Wounded employers and colleagues can cause pain, anger, frustration, and a host of other negative impacts in our lives. Sometimes our jobs can be dull, boring, and uninspiring. Yet, God wants us to enjoy the fruit of our labors. As we walk through forgiveness, repentance, and restoration, God can and does redeem those situations and will bring us into a broad place where we can rejoice in the work of our hands.

I plan to do just that this week. I hope you join me.

Below are some questions to reflect and/or journal. Feel free to share your thoughts—I would love to hear from you.

  • Have you had jobs that had negative impacts on your life?
  • How did God redeem seasons of negative employment situations?
  • Where can you see the hand of God blessing the work of your hands?

Enjoy a hope-filled week and the labor of your hands!

Penelope Kaye

 

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Linaya From Billings At 9/6/2022 2:22:02 PM

And we have to find new ways of working God's will as we age and retire, but God will give us direction and meaning!!!

Reply by: PS 2710 Ministries

Absolutely, Linaya! Thanks for sharing such great insight. Blessings, Penelope Kaye

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