God comes to Work with Us

Barry Buzza January 13, 2019 The Red Thread

Big Idea: Working diligently is God’s intention for each of us. We not only produce and provide through our work, but God uses our jobs to disciple us and to give us opportunity to mature.

Scriptures: Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God … For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in

them, and rested on the seventh day.
Exodus 20:9-11a ESV

For even when we were with you, we gave this command; if anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV

The Story: 1850 BC. Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, took a job working for his Uncle as a goat herder and breeder. He was very good at his job, but his Uncle Laban was a cheapskate and didn’t keep his repeated promises of salary compensation. Between the ages of 40 to 60, Jacob, whose name was later changed to Israel, matured from a selfish, deceitful, single young man into a mature businessman, considerate husband and loving father. God went to work with Jacob every day and used the conflicts that he faced to disciple him. He didn’t quit when life became tough—rather he pushed through and grew into a man of God through the opposition.

Four ways that God uses difficulties in our work to disciple us:

  1. Adversity refines and purifies us like a smelter.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you

may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:2-4 ESV

  1. We all play a part in our times of struggle.

“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”

Romans 3:10c-12 ESV

  1. There’s always a bigger picture to consider.

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count

slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
2 Peter 3:8-9 ESV

  1. God is often hidden in crises

Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.

1 Kings 8:12 ESV

He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him, the clouds dark with water.

Psalms 18:11 ESV

Application: Work hard, don’t complain and remember that you are serving God.

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father … Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that

from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Colossians 3:17, 22-24 NASB

Reading for week #3 January 13-19. Job 1-42

Memory verse: “But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold”.
Job 23:10 NASB