The Blessing of Work
Author: Walter N. Maris (Missouri, US)
Many of the jobs I did as a youth were arduous and boring; but I was glad to get the work as I needed the money. Now, in my older years, when I join a group on a mission trip, I expect to be on the business end of a shovel, an axe or another tool that requires exertion and my best effort. While my ageing muscles and joints are now taxed to a greater extent, I find satisfaction in the work.
The teacher in Ecclesiastes encourages us to find satisfaction in our labour (Ecclesiastes 5:18). Working for God is the path to fruitful living. Paul also writes: ‘We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do’ (Ephesians 2:10).
In some of my work, I have had trouble finding God’s blessing. However, God has patiently waited for me to realise through experience the blessing of doing all work for him. When we work as for the Lord, we find ourselves longing to do more.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we give thanks for the privilege and blessing of work. Amen