Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Refer: Psalm 46 and Proverbs 6:6-11
Why do people tend to dislike work and feels that enjoyment is better than labour? Seems that they can not relate and find pleasure in what they work for. The book of Proverbs describes a comparison between the hard worker (diligent) and the lazy (slothful) very well. It doesn’t mean we work without rest.
Without rest, our productivity level will drop. Somehow, we need to balance rest with work. I do enjoy my work, but I am also guilty for not letting my body rest. My migraine relapses whenever I work too much with enough sleep. Vomit and my mind can not concentrate are the side effects of migraine. So my whole day is spent on bed feeling guilty without being able to do anything. My mother has been telling me to have enough rest, but I tend to ignore it.
We use our hands to do the labour that is pleasing to God, not abusing it for wrongdoing. Proverbs 6:6-11 speaks to us as a metaphor of the ants’ hard work was not done at the eyes of their overseer. But I often hear from my friends that some of them tend to work hard when their supervisor is around.
After our labour, we need to let God do the rest while we have a good sleep (Ecclesiastes 5:11-13).
Throughout the Bible, the description of the slothful and emphasize to be diligent can be found from Judges 18:9; Proverbs 12:24,27; 15:19; 18:9; 19:24; 21:25; 22:13; 24:30; 26:13-15; Romans 12:11; Hebrews 6:12.
We as a worker need to keep The book of Colossians 3:23-25 in mind. The verses are explained much clearer in the version of King James Version than in New International:
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.
Another Scripture we need to take heed is God’s displeasure in earning money unjustly. Refer to Leviticus 19:34-37; Proverbs 20:9-11,22-24; Micah 6:10-12. There are many verses more in the Scriptures.