August 7 “Why work?”

work work, businessman work, housework

Why work? Whether in your home, on your job, or in your business, why do you work? Do you work merely because you don’t have a choice? Do you work to gain wealth? Or do you see a higher purpose in your work?

Today’s Readings:
Job 5 & 6
Psalm 92.1-7
Proverbs 22.16
Romans 8.22-39

Job 5 & 6:

Suffering and sin

In chapters 4 & 5 Eliphaz has implied there must be some sin in Job’s life to cause all this destruction to come on him. Job responded by defending himself and saying he had not asked anything from his friends (vv. 22-23) all he wanted was their kindness (v. 14), and while he defended himself, he did remain teachable, “Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong” (v. 24).

headache, tragedy

While we understand there are times when our circumstances are consequences for our own choices, there are other times when God is pruning or they are merely the result of living in a world devastated by the fall. We, like Job’s friends, need to be careful with our judgments. We must be careful not to assume that tragedy in a believer’s life is a direct result of his or her own sin.

John 9.1-3 says, “Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ (this was a common though incorrect assumption) Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.’” Sometimes we suffer because God has some higher purpose in it all. Continue reading