Some Of The Mid Day's Good News:
The Gift of Work
And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.
There is a stark difference between Genesis 2 and Genesis 3—but there is also an underlying and uniting theme. The difference is in how man was to procure what he needed to live on and provide for himself and his family. In Genesis 2, before sin entered the world, mankind was given a lush, abundant environment in which to live. Everything man needed was there for the taking. But in Genesis 3, after man’s sin, man would be forced to work by “the sweat of [his] face” to coax out of the ground what he needed.
But here’s what unites the two different situations: God’s provision was present in both. In Eden, God provided abundantly from an earth devoid of sin. Outside of Eden, the earth was still God’s provision, but it was changed. A cursed earth (Genesis 3:17) would yield its resources only by the hardest of labor. Yet the ability to secure what was needed was the gift of God in both eras.
The work you do today may be difficult and tiring, but we should still thank God for it because it is His gift to us—the ability to provide for our needs. Thank Him today for that gift and pray for the ability to work “as to the Lord” (Colossians 3:23).
Only in the dictionary does success come before work.