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For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. 2 Thessalonians 3:10-11 (NKJV)

I often hear Christians throwing around the comment; “I don’t think it was God’s will…”I think there can be times that this phrase is being used as a blank — allowing someone to get out of doing something they don’t want to do. One such area I’ve encountered this in over the years when speaking to people is the subject of their jobs. For example, I once heard a story about a man who quit his job because he felt it was God’s will.  When asked how he knew, he responded by saying, “My wife and I have been praying about whether or not I should keep working at this job, and so we applied for food stamps and we were approved; so it must be God’s will for me to quit.”  

When I hear testimonies of this sort, I am quick to remind people about how God’s will is usually very clearly defined through Scriptures and biblical principles within the Bible.  God has given us these tools to guide us in making good decisions.  In the case of whether or not we should be working, we can clearly see God’s will.  The Apostle Paul wrote sternly to the church of Thessalonica telling them, “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thess. 3:10).  Talk about a politically incorrect statement nowadays.  As harsh as this may seem, denying food to a lazy person was a traditional form of discipline in the early church.  This is not referring to those who have the heart to work, but cannot find a job; it is referring to those who do not want to work.

Let me just stop for a moment and say this. I am so sorry for every person who is out of work due to circumstances beyond their control.  My heart is saddened for those whose job has been affected, put on hold, or even terminated due to things beyond their control. I am very aware there are people who have a desire to work but they cannot find a job.  If this is you then I want to encourage you to remember this — God has made us a promise to provide for our needs (Matt. 6:25-33). He will be faithful to His promises, so continue to believe and trust in Him, and look for an opportunity to work.  

We might not get a job when we want it, but we must never forget God is on the throne and He is in Charge!  He has a perfect plan and His plan has not changed.  Nor has His word or His will for our applying His biblical principles to how we will live.

I’ve said this before but it bears repeating — if we are not working for a paycheck, then we need to find something to do by helping others in need. As we work with our hands quietly, we are going to find that God will give us opportunities to help and pray for others, and to be a blessing to them.  We will find there will be doors of opportunity opening, and He will provide — maybe even through a different way than what we were expecting.  This happens as we abound in the work of the Lord. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Always be willing to work as unto the Lord.  And if you find yourself out of work for a period then find someone to bless with your skills and abilities.  You are a worker for God.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Corinthians 15:58 what can we learn about our labor when work for the Lord?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you trust God for your needs?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Decide today to work with your hands, whether for pay or simply to bless someone in need. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for blessing me with the ability to work. Help me to be used today in my work place or in the lives of those who are in need.  Give me every good gift to be an excellent worker and to bring glory to Your name.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott



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