God is a worker.
“15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” NIV UK
‘’My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working’’ (John 5:17).
The famous preacher/author, Chuck Swindoll, once quipped: ‘Many Christians think Manual Labour is the President of Mexico!’
God is a worker. This is the story of Genesis so far. God is a hard worker: that’s how the universe got to be here. God is an abundantly creative worker: that’s how the world with all its variety (including you and me) came to be here. God has established a pattern of six days for work and one for rest. If we follow His example, we will not descend into workaholism, but we will certainly not be lazy either. Christian workers who violate this principle, however sincere they may be, are probably heading for burn out at some point. Even if not, it sounds like saying you know better than God. However spiritual it may appear, it’s not right. In that direction lies a train wreck.
But a proper understanding of today’s single verse will motivate us to work; to see its value and beauty and dignity. But it also shows that the work God calls us to join Him in is not destructive of the earth, but it is rather to ‘’take care of it’’. If the human race had taken note of this, and not been so greedy, we would not have the environmental disaster on our hands that we are currently facing.
Here is an extension of the thought about work from the pen of F.B. Meyer: ‘ Every man is entrusted with a garden, that he may keep it. God’s goodness is no excuse for idleness. Whether your heart and life shall produce weeds or flowers and fruits depends on you. Ponder Prov. 4:23; 24:30, 31.’ Devotional Commentary, p.16
PRAYER: Lord God, thank you for the gift of work. Help us to work hard at whatever tasks you have given us. Thank you that we can all be difference makers in this world when we do our work through you and for you. Lord have mercy on our planet. Forgive us for our careless rape of its resources. Please forgive us for all we do to destroy the earth rather than care for it, and lead us to repentance, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.