Proverbs 15:29 (NLT)
29 The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.
Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 (NLT)
24 So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him?
Matthew 6:3-4 (NLT)
3 “But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
Work. I’m not enjoying mine right now. At all. Not looking forward to going in soon. Not looking forward to the rest of the week. Blah blah blah.
Reading this devo from Boyd Bailey this morning – “Enjoy your work”. Yeah sure. You betcha.
OK, well maybe I’m on the pity pot a bit, because who can eat or enjoy anything apart from God? As Boyd points out, God has us where we are for a reason, even if it’s only to learn so we can be better someplace else. Maybe we’re to create a footprint or a impact a work culture. Maybe we’re to grow so He can use us in our next assignment. Enjoy play, find satisfaction in work Solomon tells us.
Give your gifts in private we’re called to do. God is working on us the same way – in private, not letting us know what He’s doing, but doing it nonetheless. We see the results in the rear view mirror. He hears our prayers and moves us toward His end game.
Work is work, but it doesn’t have to suck even when it seems like it sucks. We need to use the opportunity to glorify our Creator, our Sustenance, our Reason to impact the world in a way that brings His version of life closer with each move we make, in the quiet stealthy way He uses on us.