Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 26:1 through 1 Chronicles 28:21
Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.” –1 Chronicles 28: 20
In this one verse David gave us all we need to be fulfilled in our work!
I know I keep quoting the Truth Project, but one of the most powerful lessons in that series was on our heavenly Father’s view of work. Today’s culture thinks work is just something you do so that you can get money. Most people endure their work so they can enjoy their week-ends. We mistakenly quote Genesis 3:17 and say work is a curse; when in fact it was the ground that was cursed, not work. As Dr. Tackett says, “creative labor is a glorious privilege. The creativity of man, while subject to the effects of the fall, is a mirror-image of the creativity of God.”
In Exodus 34:21, we are told that we are to work for six days and rest for one. I believe we are suppose to enjoy our work so much that we’re tempted to do it seven days a week, hence the need to command us to rest one day a week!
And guess what?
There’s no mention of retirement in the Bible!
You’re probably thinking, “Dianne, you are crazy! There’s no way I could feel that way about my job!”
Let’s think about today’s scripture passage; here are a few of the jobs these folks were given by God through Moses: Gatekeepers, treasurers, administrators, the King’s army and tribal leaders. None of these jobs sound particularly exciting to me, but David didn’t ask if it sounded fun; he said, just do it! But David did tell them how to do it…it’s interesting that most of his instructions dealt with attitude rather than aptitude.
- Be Strong
- Be Courageous
- Don’t procrastinate, do the work
- Don’t be afraid
- Don’t be discouraged
- Don’t worry about God failing you
- Do not fear being abandoned by God
- God will give you the skills and the ability to do the job correctly. Yes, God provides supernatural ability to do secular jobs; this “anointing” isn’t just for preachers!
There is one more thing we need to remember that isn’t mentioned in this verse, but it’s critical to understanding how the Israelites did this difficult work with the right attitude—they saw great value in what they were doing; they were building the Living God’s temple!
I think this is the key to having the attitude about our work that is pleasing to God.
I know we don’t have the opportunity to build the temple for the Lord but
there is eternal value in everything we do
if we look for it.
If you don’t see it in your work ask the Holy Spirit to show you.
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. –1 Corinthians 10:31
May you be blessed in your work!
©2012, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 29: 1-22, 1 Kings 1: 1-53