“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 (NIV).
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. However, if anyone has any idea of enjoying prosperity it all starts with hard work!
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” (Prov 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 take heed like ants, and 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 it I may prosper.