"Work and Instruction" - Monday, October 24th

"Work and Instruction" - Monday, October 24th

The wages of the righteous is life, the income of the wicked, punishment. He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, but he who ignores reproof goes astray. Proverbs 10:16-17 

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

Primarily, when we think of "work," we think of our occupations. But certainly, in the broader sense, all of life is work. The Bible says, we "reap what we sow." Generally, we get out of something in proportion to what we put into it. So, yes, life is work, but we can also say, the right kind of work is life. Today’s Scripture tells us that when we do the work of living right, we earn "life." The reality is though, that a significant part of right living is right work (in the occupational sense). and so, we need to pay close attention to what the Bible says about it. We must always remember that “He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, but he who ignores reproof goes astray.”

Throughout the week we will look at a number of instructions regarding work (in the occupational sense). We will conclude the week by looking at “rest,” the counterpart of "work." We are going to touch on “rest” today in order to establish a bigger context for our considerations on the subject of "work." It seems that there are two major struggles people have with work: getting started and getting stopped. Some of us struggle with one or the other and some struggle with both. However, very few of us find the right balance between work and rest.

Exodus 20:9-10A says, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work.” In the Old Testament system God's requirements for his people provided very specifically for this balance between work and rest. The New Testament system employs the principle of Sabbath rest rather than the specific Sabbath day rest of the Old Testament (We will come back to this on Saturday). So, as we move through the week considering Biblical instructions on the subject of work, we will keep the need for balance between work and rest in view.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I pray that you will help me to heed instruction and not ignore reproof. Set me more fully on the path of life in regard to "work" throughout the coming week. May it be that I become one who lives right because I learn to work right. May you be glorified through my work. Amen!

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