by Barbara Latta
Labor Day is a holiday observed in the United States to give
workers an opportunity be recognized for
their labor and productivity.
God has a lot to say about work and rest. He instructs us in His Word to observe a day of rest every seven days. He rested because He was finished with His work. We need to rest to replenish bodies and minds.
He also shows us how diligent work is rewarded. Slothfulness does not glorify God and neither does running our bodies and minds into exhaustion. We should live a balanced life between work, rest and play. Dealing with COVID19 this year has caused many changes to the work schedule of thousands of people. Thankfully, businesses, schools and restaurants are open again and work can return to as normal as we can get it now.
Here are a few scriptures regarding work and rest. These are all taken from the New American Standard Bible translation.
Words for the Work Week
When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, you will be happy and it will be well with you (Psalm 128:2).
He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who pursues worthless things lacks sense (Proverbs 12:11).
A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, and the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him (Proverbs 12:14).
In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
I hope this list of scriptures will encourage and inspire you as you return to work or school. God blesses what we put our hand to as long as we put Him first.
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