Welcome to another episode of our daily bible study. Today’s episode is titled, work, then rest. You can watch the video below,
Before we proceed to discussing that episode, let us have a brief review of the last episode of our daily bible study. In the last episode, we discussed the message titled, God frowns at displaced anger, avoid it. We learned from the previous episode that God does not like it, when we transfer anger to people or things, that do not have anything to do with our conflicts.
The book of exodus chapter 23 verses 4 and 5 teaches that, when we happen to see our enemy’s livestock in danger, we should help them, irrespective of the fact that we are not in good terms with their owner. This is because the poor animal knows nothing going on between me and its owner. The animal has no business with our quarrel; hence, it should not be made to suffer what it knows nothing about.
This teaches us why we should not transfer our anger or frustration on people who do not have anything to do with our troubles and quarrels with other people. This too, teaches us the need to control our emotions. Once we can control our emotions, then, anger management will be an easy thing to do.
If you have not watched that video, it is in the playlist. You can watch it after watching today’s episode.
In today’s episode, we will discuss the topic that says; work, then rest.
In the book of exodus chapter 23 verses 10 and 11 says, for six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops, but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused.
Verse 12 says, six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed.
Very often, I hear people talk a lot about keeping the sabbath, but only a negligible number of people talk about work. If you read the passages above, you will see that the bible says we are to work for six days and rest for just one day.
We were created to work, yes, to work. When we rest, it is to regain energy to continue working.
When man was created, God tasked him with an obligation saying, be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground”. This is work my friend.
As a human being, you have a lot of work to do. do not be deceived, you are here for a mission, that mission requires you put in some effort, and that effort is some kind of work. Do not be lazy, use your time judiciously, because there is a lot of work to do. when you wake in the morning, prepare yourself for the tasks ahead, put in all your effort to make a living to support yourself and the people under your care.
Work for six days. and on the seventh day, take a rest, refresh yourself and get prepared for the six days ahead. This is a cycle; we will continue like this until the day we die. It might look unpleasant, but if we combine work with rest, it will be balanced.
Some people indulge in working without resting, while some are too lazy to work. Going to the extreme with one can be destructive, but balancing the two gives a successful living. So, today, learn to work hard during the six days of labor and get enough rest on the sabbath day.
Work, then rest, that is the divine instruction.
May God bless us abundantly and the works of our hands as we keep his ordinances. Amen.
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May the peace of the living God, Almighty, be with you forever and ever, AMEN.