“Have you ever worked relentlessly? Working to achieve deadlines, projects, or a task. No matter what’s going on around you, you are striving to accomplish all you have on your to do list.”
-NLT STUDY BIBLE
When we push ourselves to work and labor excessively we are actually "toiling.“
I woke up one morning and I hadn’t checked on the ITP FB group in over a week, which was not like myself. I thought I need to let them know I have been toiling along and have not forgotten about the group as a whole. I thought wait is toiling the correct grammar. In Merriam-Webster dictionary toiling is to work extremely hard or incessantly and to work hard and long, which was the exact truth! I worked so hard non-stop on my laptop I developed eyestrain and a headache that wouldn’t subside for over a week. I’m certain that’s an indicator to rest and resting is the exact opposite of toiling. It was the perfect opportunity to see what God had to say about toiling in his word.
In this scripture Solomon asked us a question?
In reference to my NLT bible study breakdown says hard work done with proper motive (taking care of your family while serving God) is not wrong. We must work to survive and more importantly, we are responsible for the physical and spiritual well-being of those under our care. The fruit of hard work done to glorify only ourselves will be passed on to those who may later lose or spoil it all. Such toil often leads to grief, while serving God leads to everlasting joy.
Do you know the real reason you are working so hard?
Take a moment to self reflect and answer the question in written form.
I feel as if we should always do a self evaluation of ourselves from time to time.
Be real with yourself and God …. He already knows.
This is a good reflection because often times we start off working towards our goals with good intentions, but then we get off track with our TO DO list and personal achievements which all comes back to our Work.
Our ability to find satisfaction in our work depends to a large extent upon our attitude. We will become dissatisfied if we lose the sense of purpose God intended for our work.
I believe the answer is to work hard, but with moderation. Take time to enjoy the other gifts God has given, and realize it is God who gives out the assignments and the rewards, not us!!
God will send you reminders…
At 2:22 I saw a reminder from Psalms 127:1 which correlates to Ecclesiastical 2:22.
Psalm 127:1 was a part of Solomon's testimony about what happens to a kingdom or family that forgets God.
Ask yourself, what is your starting point and motivation?
Without God as your foundation, all that you are living for is meaningless.
Psalm 127:2 - continues to read
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat for he grants sleep to those he loves-NIV
Let’s be more like Solomon
When God speaks, listen…
Be encouraged !
Don’t toil (labor), for God gives rest to his loved ones.
💞 Let us Pray 💞
Heavenly Father, thank you for the work and assignments that you have given us . Help us to rest in you knowing that our purpose is in you. Thank you that we also know we are predestined for greatness. Give us a Holy Ghost conviction when we need rest. Let our work not be in vain, but be effective for your kingdom. May you get all the glory from our work and not us. Thank you for trusting us with your plans. I decree and declare My dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless in Jesus name, Amen!
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