Two of the most precious gifts that God has ever given us are work and rest. Yes, I believe that a good days work is as much a gift from God as a good nights sleep. After all, what is rest without work? In my own life, I have found that sweaty clothes and sore muscles combined with the knowledge I have done the best I could, always meant I would rest good that night. It is an undeniable truth when you work hard you will sleep good.
God Himself is our example. In the book of Genesis, we find that our Creator did the work of a engineer, a horticulturist and a DNA specialist. He sent the stars on their journey and established the path of the planets. He mounded up the mountains, organized the oceans and traced the route of the rivers. But His greatest work was done when He got His hands dirty. He scooped up a handful of red clay and formed man in His image. His breath is our life and we are the apple of His eye. That is why we are blessed with the ability to work hard and sleep good.
In the book of Luke, we read that the one who works is deserving of his wages. Whatever we do, our work makes our world a better place. Throughout the Bible, God makes it clear that the ones who will work are worthy of their pay. He also makes it clear that the ones who will not work deserve nothing. For those who will hear it, socialism is an satanic and destructive form of government. Anyone who promotes socialism is ungodly and evil. Do not be fooled by politicians who try to buy your vote by offering you things you have not earned.
Whatever job we find ourselves doing, we should do it for the glory of God. If you are a lawmaker crafting laws or cabinet maker crafting cabinets, do what you do for the Glory of God. If you have the calloused hands of a builder or hands that hold a scalpel, glorify God with the work of your hands. All work is important because all work is a gift from God. The writer of Ecclesiastes said, “The sleep of a laboring man is sweet.” And “ It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of his labor- all the days of his life- for this is his heritage.” So for this reason I hope you will enjoy this gift of God. I hope you work hard and sleep good.
Douglas & Deborah Huff
Pavement Ends Ministry