Speaking to the Soul – May 25


Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. Proverbs 13:11

Oscar Wilde wrote: “The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.” Work is often seen as something negative, to be avoided if at all possible and, if not, then one should aim to retire as early as possible. This thinking is in complete contrast with Proverbs, where work is seen as something inherently good. It is worklessness and laziness that are to be avoided at all costs.

It is interesting that the writer of Proverbs refers to get-rich-quick schemes. This all sounds very modern, but throughout history, people have looked for short cuts to wealth. There’s nothing new about laziness! God wants us to work hard because it not only provides for our needs, but also enables us to bless other people with the gifts that God has given us. The apostle Paul wrote: “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9).

Over the years, I have been particularly blessed by the way I have seen retired people working hard for God. At a time when they had no pressure upon them to earn money, they wanted to make sure that they were still being productive for God. I have been inspired by their example. Working hard is good at any time of life, but let’s be clear that overwork causes tension and pressure that is never God’s desire. Whatever our age we need to find a balance between the work that God calls us to do and times of leisure and refreshment, which allow us to continue to serve him with confidence and enthusiasm. I’m sure Oscar Wilde was wrong! The best way to appreciate your job is to do it with all your heart and to thank God for it.

How well are you balancing your work and leisure?

Loving God, thank you for the blessing of my work. I pray your blessing on those who struggle to find work, or who find their work difficult. Amen