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In honor of Labor Day weekend

farmerThe Bible is very clear that God has, from the very beginning, designed us for work:

The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it (Genesis 2:15).

It will be interesting to see one day what “work” is like in a world that is not touched by the effects of sin, but in the meantime we are left to suffer those consequences:

Cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground (Gen 3:17-19).

Despite these hardships, we are still commanded to work. In both the Old and New Testaments the Bible clearly condemns those who are unwilling to work:

The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor (Proverbs 21:25).

If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:11)

So, if you happen to get an extra long weekend from your work this weekend, praise God! And, when you go back to work on Tuesday, praise God! I will do the best to take my own advice.

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Pray and set a guard – Nehemiah 4:9

And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night (Nehemiah 4:9).

I love the simplicity of this verse. The people were trying to rebuild the city of Jerusalem and facing threats from those in opposition. They prayed for God to protect them AND they prepared for battle, if necessary. Similarly, we should pray for God to provide for us AND we should work diligently to that same end. Because God ordains not only the outcome, but the means. His method of protecting the Israelites included using those guards. His method of providing for us includes giving us jobs.

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