Rejoicing in Our Labor!

Ecclesiastes 5:19 (NKJV)  – 19 As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God.
This is my testimony. I have worked for more than 20 years in multinational companies in Malaysia. Most of the years when I was working, it was a struggle and a drudgery. And not forgetting all the office politics and stresses of life on earth. With all the challenges and pain, I thought of life as an endless and meaningless struggle. Working more than 60 hours per week has drained much of my energy away. But the Bible tells us to receive this heritage and rejoice in our labor, it is a GIFT of God! How’s that possible?
I believe it is having our life and mind focused on God’s truth and promises in the Bible. When there is a paradigm shift in our thinking, a whole new perspective comes into play. We work as unto the Lord. God’s purposes and His will for our lives began to take effect and the whole environment we are in began to take on new meaning and new revelation. The Holy Spirit begins to work in and through our work environment and our relationship with others. Then, supernatural blessings and Godly interventions began to flow. The singing and rejoicing will bubble up in our lives. The Lord begins to turn our mourning into dancing. Hallelujah!
In Ecclesiastes 3:13 (NKJV), “ 13 and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God”. We know now that the Lord wants us to find joy and satisfaction in our work and that includes our work in the home. These are precious gifts from Him.
What can we do then? We can ask HIM for them, trusting that He is true to His Word when He says that whenever we pray in line with His Will, He will answer us. In 1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV), Apostle John said, “ 14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
And Matthew 7:11 (NKJV), the Lord Jesus Christ said, “11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”
The key word in the above verses is “ASK”. Don’t assume that we have to settle for the lousy, meaningless and unfulfilled work in our lives. Yes, there are times when we might have to endure work that we dislike a lot but our prayers and goals should be to spend most of our lives doing the work that gives us JOY and FULFILLMENT.
Our prayer then is, “Lord, please enable us to earn a good living doing what we love to do most.” And for us, we ask God to help us do our part in the fulfillment of the above prayer. One way we can cooperate with the Lord is to seek His guidance daily and depending on Him to keep us in His perfect will. He is our All in All.
When we are doing what God has called us to do, we will experience an abiding peace, joy and satisfaction that will be missing when we are out of His will. The Sovereign Lord will open up supernatural doors of opportunities for us as a result of our sincere prayers. If God is for us, who can be against us! (Rom 8:31).
When the Lord pours out His supernatural blessings, please ask the Lord to guide us to sow abundantly into His Kingdom work and not on earthly pleasures which will quickly passed away.
In James 4:2-3 (NKJV) the Bible tells us that, “2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” May we all live for Jesus and in Him alone.
Thank you Lord for the Living Water in our lives!
The JOY of the LORD is our STRENGTH! (Nehemiah 8:10).

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