“For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat." - 2 Thessalonians 3:10
The idea of work has changed very much these days, far from the way it used to be from the days when a majority of people eked their living from farmland. Whereas a majority of people in the world still fetch their living from cultivating the ground, a lot more have since shifted to factories to produce goods and offices to supply services. More recently, as a result of the pandemic, there is a new move of workers from offices to homes.
Throughout all these avenues of work, whatever the means, God has provided that it is through hard work, where one can know of prosperity. The richest nations of the world also post some of the longest working hours. There are indeed industrialized nations, where work has become a sort of worship, such as in South Korea. There it has even become important to pass legislation for people to take rest. Nonetheless, South Korea, once dirt poor, is one of the mosf prosperous nations in the world.
The story of ants does reveal the value of work. These tiny creatures wherever they are dominate landscapes with mighty anthills. The interesting thing is, as the writer of Proverbs observed, they have “no commander, no overseer or ruler” (Proverbs 6:7). Ants are self-motivated. They rise on their own. Their work patterns involve plodding on in simple routine rather boring tasks but from which they raise castles. If a price could be put on all those anthills they raise, ants would certainly score one of the highest GDPs of all creatures in the world.
The scriptures remind us that if we do not value work like ants, but rather, engage in “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest- and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man” (Proverbs 6: 10- 11). If we desire to prosper, and hate poverty, let us so cherish work!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, today I thank you for the gift of work, which you have given me, that through work I may prosper.
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!