MAN WAS MADE TO WORK - P3
“For the word of the Lord is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness” (Psalm 33:4).
Our God is a God of spiritual and practical works. And we are created in His image to be working for good. As we have seen, work create trust in our communities because it is done in faithfulness and commitment to obligations between neighbors.
We can understand this best when we consider that as long as we are able to offer some compensation for their labor, we know that supermarkets, hospitals, gas-stations, restaurants, etc. are there for our needs at almost anytime we might need something. Have you ever stopped to consider just how much the work of others brings stability into your life. Unfortunately, sin interferes with this process and we find dishonesty and deception sometimes, which interferes with the bond of faithfulness in our communities and this is why honesty and integrity in your work is so important to God, for “a just balance and scales belong to the Lord; All the weights of the bag are His concern” (Pro. 16:11).
The fact that we can rely on these mutual commitments makes our neighborhoods places of relative security, stability, and reliability, which promotes the general welfare and makes healthy living and family life possible. We don’t have to fear where we will find food, clothing, medicine, or supplies because of the faithfulness of the people offering their labor for our benefit—at the cost of some compensation for that labor, which means they (in turn) can feed their own families and continue keeping their obligations to offer what the community wants and needs.
This is a shadow of God’s original plan in Eden—that all nature would work together for mutually beneficial works in complete harmony—the stars and the planets, the grass of the field and the animals—that everything would work for itself and for others.
God demonstrates this faithfulness in His works by giving His creation water, sunshine, air, nutrition—all the things to sustain the stability of life. We hardly think every day about all the things God supplies that make life possible and stable—truly, “the earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works” (Psalm 104:13b).
And all God requests in return is that we would worship, praise, and thank Him for all His goodness to us. He needs no compensation, yet credit is due Him and is important to God, for “because they [the wicked] do not regard the works of the Lord nor the deeds of His hands, He will tear them down and not build them up” (Psalm 28:5). Unfortunately, the effects of sin and the Fall can also interfere with God’s works—hail storms and tornadoes, droughts and floods—but this is not the good work of God, but the effect of man’s rebellion.
God made us to emulate Him and be at work in our communities: “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need” (1 Thess. 4:10b-12), “if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread” (2 Thess. 3:10-13).
Being able to work, but choosing not to work means forcing your neighbors to work for your living—and this “faithless” behavior disrupts the stability of commitment that mutual work creates in our neighborhoods.
So, we should be working in our neighborhoods and God wants us to understand that our work is important to Him: “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Col. 3:23-24). Even so, Amen.