> Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. -Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)
In the wake of a wave of layoffs here at my job, a number of friends and siblings in Christ are now looking for work. For those of us left behind, we inherit the work in addition what is already on our desks. And, to be honest, we know there are no guarantees about future employment.
In either case, our faith and walk is being tested. Will we choose worry or faith? Will we get lost in the winds and waters of our circumstances, or float above them? Will we walk by faith, or by sight?
In Numbers 13, Moses sends out twelve spies to survey the Promised Land. This is the very land that God promised to the Israelites…it was theirs for the taking. But ten of the twelve spies came back with very distressing reports of giants and land that would destroy them. As a result, God sentenced the entire people of Israel to travel in the wilderness for 40 years, so that the faithless generation would die off. Ouch!
Two of the twelve spies, Joshua and Caleb, saw with eyes of faith. As did young David with Goliath, the giants were nothing…not even dots…in the eyes of faith in a God bigger than anything we can imagine. Their report was that what lay before them was a done deal:
Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them. -Numbers 14:9 (NKJV)
It doesn’t matter if the Goliath of uncertainty looms before you, because our God is far, far bigger…and on our side! Will we trust in Him to carry us through and over that giant?
If so, then we know that we will give our absolute all in the work before us, whether it is from a boss or finding our next boss. All of it can be done without concern about what tomorrow brings. We have enough concern today, and even in the moment, and we can take a deep breath and do everything well, to His glory. The Lord is with us.
Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Do Everything” reminds us there is no task too large or small before us that cannot be done well, and to God’s glory!