God Loves Hard Work

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"For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, (Colossians 1:9).

Working hard and over spending generates the same results as one who is lazy and does not work. God refers to both types of people as brothers. Who are these brothers?

The first brother is a hard worker, diligent in his approach to earning money, yet spends beyond his means. He ends up being stressed and unhappy. The source of his unhappiness is not work but it is overspending.

God wants his children to work, but not simply to spend more and more on insignificant material goods. Rather, God's message to this brother is; "so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light." (Colossians 1:10-12).

The second lazy brother is unable to enjoy many of the blessings that God has in store, and even if he spends what he has wisely can result in an equal amount of stress and unhappiness. His source of unhappiness is laziness. God's message to this brother is; "There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen, that it is from the hand of God." (Ecclesiastes 2:24).

Proverbs 18 - Teaches us today?

Proverbs 18:9 "(9) He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys."

Psalm 39:7-11 (Theme: Life Is Too Short For Suffering). "(7) And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in Thee. (8) Deliver me from all my transgressions; Make me not the reproach of the foolish. (9) I have become dumb, I do not open my mouth, Because it is Thou who has done it. (10) Remove Thy plague from me; Because of the opposition of Thy hand, I am perishing. (11) With reproofs Thou dost chasten a man for iniquity; Thou dost consume as a moth what is precious to him; Surely every man is a mere breath."

Today's question. Are you on the same page with God?

Jesus demonstrated His miraculous powers when he fed 20,000 people from two fish and five barley loaves; "Jesus therefore took the loaves; and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. (John 6:11).

It is certainly possible for God to simply perform miracles and generate all that we need and want out of thin air. But that is not in God's plan, indeed, after Jesus fed the 20,000 (5,000 men), Jesus withdrew from them.

God certainly wants to bless us. But His plan is to bless us through work. Our task then is to get on the same page as God. Offer your work to God, ask for his blessings, live an obedient life giving Him credit for your success and enjoy the fruit that God provides.

Dear God, blessed art thou, King of the universe who brings forth bread from the earth and the labor of our hands. Amen.

The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline.  Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com

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