vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for He grants
sleep to those He loves.”
– Psalm 127:2

Coming into the Promised Land
in business will change the way you and I view our work. No longer will we see
getting up early and staying up late as God’s way. Living in the Promised Land
in work means we know that God is the source of our provision and that our work
is an act of worship to Him. Provision is a by-product, not an end in itself.
Work is no longer something that must be sweated and toiled upon to make ends
meet. “Could this really be true?” you might be saying. God has made
it clear that obedience is the assurance of provision. Whenever we go beyond
the normal workday due to fear of non-provision, we are operating in unbelief.
We are saying that it is up to us to make things happen. Sure, there are times
when we work longer hours due to a deadline, but we must be sure the motive is
not out of fear of loss or fear of non-provision. If we are obedient to what
God has called us to, He will provide our every need. This can be a hard lesson
for goal-oriented workplace believers.

I recall coming into this
understanding. I had been a workaholic. Long hours were common. Then God shook
up my world and I was challenged by a friend to examine my motives for working
long hours. I realized the source of those long hours was fear. Once I came
into this understanding, I refused to work long hours even though the natural
man would tell me I’d never make things happen if I worked a normal work week.
Again, this reasoning is based on a lack of faith. If we are obedient to what
God has called each of us to, we will not lack. At times it may be less than
what we might like; at other times it may be more than we deserve. These are
God’s ways.

The Bible tells us to come out of Babylon. Babylon is a system of work and philosophy
that is contrary to God’s ways. Are you operating in any aspect of work from a
Babylonian value system? Ask the Lord to reveal this to you. Begin to walk in
the freedom He has given us in our work life.

Os Hillman (TFTD)

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