"Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him; because, that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.”
“Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak; for your work shall be rewarded.”
2 Chronicles 15:7
As children we were taught to bless our meal; not because the meal was potentially dangerous, but because it was an opportunity to thank God for His provisions.
As adults, we must learn to extend this blessing to our work or daily routine, since our work is ideally a provision from God; and, by blessing our provisions we are also blessing God.
The act of verbally blessing your work not only helps you to go through your daily routine, it also helps to alleviate potential problems with co-workers and /or others, who may be going through issues even more difficult than you could ever imagine. In addition to this, it blesses your work in direct opposition to those whose only desire is to sabotage the work you do. Sometimes, those who you work, or interact with are simply going through problems so overwhelming in their personal life, it manifests itself in their demeanor at work. Either way, you have no way of knowing which one is which –a deeply personal problem, or wicked sabotage. So, pray for them; nothing grandiose, just quietly at your desk prior to your interactions with them. –It will work wonders. The truth is, we never really know why certain co-workers are placed in our path by God. Like the Ethiopian chamberlain baptized by Phillip in Acts 8:26-38, it just might be to get them closer to God, or simply for God’s Glory.
In today’s text, Deuteronomy 15:10, God instructs employers to deal fairly with their servants /employees; since, in doing so, not only will they be blessed, but everything within their business will be blessed. –This includes you!
Bless your work, bless the company you work for, and more importantly, bless your bosses. It will change their outlook; but, even more important, it will change yours. L.
Study Reference: Psalm 103:22, Psalm 145:2, Romans 12:14
From: "Blessing Your Work." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions For Everyday Living.
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