Scripture for Today: Psalm 90:17 “Let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands. Yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.”
I suppose this sign can be understood several ways! I have seen it used “tongue in cheek” for men working in what is typically a women’s domain, as in the kitchen. Danger indeed.
Whether in the kitchen or in the trenches the thought of work is not so appealing. When everything goes wrong or after a long day when exhaustion sets in, it is easy to think that surely work was part of the curse! But in fact, Adam was busy with the God-given work of tending the garden before sin and the curse ever made its appearance. Without doubt, work was a pleasant experience without sin. But with the curse came thorns and thistles, sorrow and toil. (Gen. 2:17-19)
One day on the new earth, we will again enjoy work without sorrow or toil. But even now, God shows His favor. In His grace He confirms and establishes the work of our hands. What an encouragement! Deuteronomy has many verses that speak of God blessing the work of the one who is obedient. That blessing and favor may be in the form of passion for our work, excellent workmanship, or job security. For the believer, the Lord can turn around a negative work situation into something positive. He knows how to relieve our work-related stress, “mingling toil with peace and rest.”
Many are saying today, TGIF, or “Thank God it’s Friday!” How much better to be able to thank Him for every day’s work, knowing that He wants to bless it!
Make me grateful for work Lord, even when it is frustrating and difficult!