Finding Joy at Work

June 20, 2017

The Bible affirms that God’s original design for work was good—even “very good” (Gen. 1:31). Only after Adam, and Eve rebelled against the Lord did work come under the Curse, making labor toilsome (Gen. 3:17-19). Yet God still wants our work to be significant and satisfying. Proverbs suggests how we can make that happen:

• We are wise to honor God in our work and with the pay we receive (Prov. 3:9, 10; 16:3).
• It is smart to learn diligence and avoid laziness (6:6-11, 13:4; 19:15; 20:3; 21:25).
• Careful planning, as well as taking responsibility for our work, yields enormous benefits (12:11, 14, 27; 14:23).
• We will avoid pain and find joy if we work with integrity (16:11; 20:10, 17, 23).
• The natural motivation to provide for ourselves should prompt us to show initiative (16:26; 20:13).
• It is wiser to work for long-term outcomes than for short-term gains (20:21; 21:5; 24:3-7).
• Performing with excellence brings success (22:29; 24: 3-7).

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