2015 – Day 9

Genesis 2:15-18 God took the Man and set him down in the Garden of Eden to work the ground and keep it in order God commanded the Man, “You can eat from any tree in the garden, except from the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and Evil. Don’t eat from it. The moment you eat from that tree, you’re dead.” God said, “It’s not good for the Man to be alone; I’ll make him a helper, a companion.”

Focus Verse: God took the Man and set him down in the Garden of Eden to work the ground and keep it in order.

Before Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Before God even created Eve, God gave Adam a job. What was involved in keeping the garden of Eden in order we don’t know. But the bottom line is right at the start of our existence God commanded us to work.

On Monday I am about to go back to work, after a period of leave. I am looking forward to it, But, before I went on leave I wasn’t travelling the best (I needed a holiday) For many of us we can see working a necessary evil. We have to pay the bills. support the household and for that we need money. So we go to work. For some of us we are looking forward to the day when we can retire and do whatever it is “we want to do.

I am furtunate in that in the job I do with homeless people in the city of Melbourne I am certain I am where God wants me to be, doing what He wants me to do. That makes my job easy to go to each day (I am not asying there is never any pressure – “Wherever there are people there are problems”) Because I am where God has called me to be He equips me to do what He wants me to do every single day I am at work.

God is the source of our skills. He wants us to use them to the best of our abilities: In Exodus 35:30 Moses says to the Israelite’s “God has chosen Bezalel, and He has filled him with the Holy Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts.God is concerned about the quality of our work and what our work should reflect the creative abilities He has given us.

God also tells us to rest: Exodus 16:23 says “The Lord has appointed tomorrow as a day of seriousness and rest, a holy Sabbath to The Lord when we must refrain from doing our daily tasks.” It is easy for us to let work, family responsibilities and the necessities of daily living fill up our lives. It is important we guard a portion of each day for time with God.

Prayer: Just for today I will use all my God-given skill, ability and knowledge to do the best I can at whatever I do. I will make sure I take time to spend alone with God

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