God’s wisdom about work and money (2)
Moses spoke these words to the Israelites: ‘You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today’ (v.17-18 NIV). As we saw in yesterday’s reading, the right way to earn money is through hard work and honest work, not through cheating or ungodly methods. But Moses’ words remind us that we must always remember the ultimate source of our money – God. We need to give Him the gratitude and glory for blessing us with the skills that enable us to do a good job, and for guiding us in the right way to go. There’s a great feeling of satisfaction that comes from a job well done, and it isn’t necessarily wrong to feel proud about what we’ve done. Paul encouraged Timothy by saying, ‘Be a worker who is not ashamed’ (2 Timothy 2:15 NCV). If we stop caring, we won’t be inclined to put the effort into doing a good job. But what we need to watch out for is the type of pride that makes us shine the spotlight only on ourselves while forgetting God’s involvement. So if we realise that we’ve been neglecting God’s part in our work, what can we do? A good starting point is to try and keep in mind the words of Colossians 3:23: ‘In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people’ (NCV). When we realise that God’s the source for everything we have, we’ll want to praise Him more and more for His blessings.
If you have to face a task you don’t like doing, start it by being honest with God and pray, ‘Father, I really don’t like this job, but I thank You for blessing me with the ability to do it. Help me to turn it into an act of praise for Your glory.’
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