faith and work
1 Corinthians 3:5-9 The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work (1 Corinthians 3:8).
Read what the prophet Haggai told God’s people about the need to get to work when it came time to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem (Haggai 2:4).
How do your prayers reflect real faith in God? What work is God calling you to do?
One of my favorite quotes from John Wesley is, “Pray like it depends on God; work like it depends on you.” I don’t always live it, but it echoes something an old wise king once said.
As King David was nearing the end of his life, he realized he wasn’t going to be able to build a temple for God in Jerusalem. God told him that his son and successor Solomon would complete the job (1 Chronicles 28:6). Turning over this monumental task to Solomon, He gave the following instruction: “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly” (1 Chronicles 28:20).
David emphasized to Solomon what he’d learned firsthand—that faith and effort go hand in hand. Clearly, the task before Solomon was going to require hard work, but he would ultimately have to depend on God to get the work done.
Is your faith in motion? For example, if you need to find a job, do you pray that God gives you a job as you fill out job applications and send out your résumé to potential employers? If you want better friendships, are you praying for God to bring them into your life and then intentionally investing in people?
God is God, and anything we have or accomplish is ultimately from Him. At the same time, He’s not going to do all the work for us. Instead, He respects the dignity He’s placed in all of us by calling us to roll up our sleeves and do what we can—working with Him to accomplish the task at hand.
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: 1 Kings 12:1-24
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