Are you sick and tired of your job? Wish you could win the Mega-Millions Jackpot and escape to paradise, never to work again? If so, maybe some reflection and a new perspective is in order. Humans were endowed with the nature to work from the very beginning and they could not escape it, not even in paradise.
In Genesis chapters 1-2, we are told of God’s spectacular creation of the universe and all that it contains – the heavens, planets, stars, plants, animals and human beings. God was very pleased with his creation and when he was finished he commanded mankind saying, “…have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28). And then God did something awesome. He created a garden of paradise – in a place called Eden.
Genesis 2:15 tells us that “…the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden…” God could have placed man anywhere on the face of the planet. He could have plopped him down in a wilderness area somewhere and watched from on high as he fended for himself. “Good luck…hope you make it!” Can you imagine how frustrating that would have been with no guidance from God? I’m sure Adam would have been thinking, “What’s my purpose?” “Why am I here?” “What am I supposed to do?” Aren’t you thankful we serve a God with more compassion than that – one who offers us life guidance and direction?
God was directly involved in where mankind ended up. We should take great comfort in that thought. God has specific places for us to be at certain times of our life and we should trust Him to guide and direct us to those places when He is ready. And the bigger picture here is that we are placed where He wants us with a clear purpose in mind. Look at Genesis 2:15 again – “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it.”
There was no lying around in this paradise. There was actually work to be done. It doesn’t sound like the Garden of Eden could have taken care of itself if Adam and Eve had sat around all day. No, there was work to be done. Now, I don’t know what that work was…I mean, the world was still in a state of perfection at this point. But the message here is clear – they had a work related responsibility. They were not just to lounge around and enjoy the fruits of paradise all day long. They were to be stewards of what God had given them.
So where has God placed you? Are you frustrated with your current work situation for some reason? Are you slacking off at work because of that frustration? Cutting corners? Dreaming of what is greener on the other side of the fence? If this is the case consider:
- God wants to use us for a purpose and He plants us where we are needed at a given time. It may be a long time or a short time, but He is intently involved in the process of where we should be.
- Being perpetually idle should not enter our thinking. God instilled in humanity the need and desire to work. Don’t give in to the temptation to become lazy and coast through your life.
- We are to tend to our work with excellence. We are to take care of our business (responsibilities) at work for as long as we are there.
- While it is OK to dream and plan for a better future career position, keep in mind that God’s timing for such career advancements takes precedence over our spur-of-the-moment, whiplash, emotional career change reactions. Don’t get in God’s way if He is directing you to stay put or if He wants to move you somewhere else.
When we keep these ideas front and center in our mind, then I believe that, just like Adam and Eve, we can find pleasure in the employment God calls us to.
What do you feel is the main purpose for where you are right now? Are you content in your current position?
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