Letting go of my compulsive need to work to provide for my family was something I’ve had to get over the last few years. For a very long time, I was consumed with the thought that I had to ‘make it work’ to ensure my family was taken care of. It was a brutal time for me as an individual and not a lot of fun for those around me. While much better than I was, I’m still working to completely release the need to work long hours to the Lord.
This has been a process that started several years ago when the Lord had me go on a 14 days fast. If you’ve never fasted, it’s an experience like none other…and don’t believe those people who tell you you will move beyond being hungry, that’s simply not true. When I was not praying or reading, I was thinking about what I was going to eat when I was done.
Through the fast the Lord showed me He was my provider. Not the church or man or any given individual, He alone was my source. As the business expanded this year, His hand was evident in open doors for work, new employees and our ability to buy the necessary equipment. While we are very busy with bringing the 2nd unit completely online, I’m taking more time away from the job to enjoy life. It’s refreshing to have quilt free fun again.
Where do you find yourself today, working like a madman to provide for your needs or resting in the arms of a loving God living a life balanced between work and play? Only you and the Lord can decided which.
by Os Hillman
“In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for He grants sleep to those He loves.” – Psalm 127:2
Coming into the Promised Land in business will change the way you and I view our work. No longer will we see getting up early and staying up late as God’s way. Living in the Promised Land in work means we know that God is the source of our provision and that our work is an act of worship to Him. Provision is a by-product, not an end in itself. Work is no longer something that must be sweated and toiled upon to make ends meet. “Could this really be true?” you might be saying. God has made it clear that obedience is the assurance of provision. Whenever we go beyond the normal workday due to fear of non-provision, we are operating in unbelief. We are saying that it is up to us to make things happen. Sure, there are times when we work longer hours due to a deadline, but we must be sure the motive is not out of fear of loss or fear of non-provision. If we are obedient to what God has called us to, He will provide our every need. This can be a hard lesson for goal-oriented workplace believers.
I recall coming into this understanding. I had been a workaholic. Long hours were common. Then God shook up my world and I was challenged by a friend to examine my motives for working long hours. I realized the source of those long hours was fear. Once I came into this understanding, I refused to work long hours even though the natural man would tell me I’d never make things happen if I worked a normal work week. Again, this reasoning is based on a lack of faith. If we are obedient to what God has called each of us to, we will not lack. At times it may be less than what we might like; at other times it may be more than we deserve. These are God’s ways.
The Bible tells us to come out of Babylon. Babylon is a system of work and philosophy that is contrary to God’s ways. Are you operating in any aspect of work from a Babylonian value system? Ask the Lord to reveal this to you. Begin to walk in the freedom He has given us in our work life.