Faith and Hard Work

Recently, I heard a pastor say, “People are always trying to use their faith to get a house or a car. You don’t need faith for that", he said, "you need a job.” I could not help but chuckle at the truth of his statement. God said six days man would labor to earn a living and rest on the 7th day. On the day of rest, he is to take time to worship God and spend quality time with his family.

There are many passages in the bible that promise Godly provision. Our provision is based upon our partnership with God. We do our part, and he does his.In 2 Chronicles 1:7-12, God promised to bless Solomon, saying:…. “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth.  Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”Although God gave Solomon wisdom and riches, he had to work to receive them. God did not pour wisdom upon Solomon.

In Ecclesiastes 2:4, Solomon said he built for himself some things. He said, “I made my works great; I built houses for myself; I planted vineyards for myself.”Solomon used faith and wisdom to build houses and vineyards. He was wise enough to know that although God promised to give him wealth, it wasn’t going to just come to him. He was not sitting around praying for someone to give him houses or vineyards. Nor was he deceitfully planning to swindle others to obtain riches. Remember Jesus said God provides for the birds but the birds get up in the morning to get what God has already provided.

The birds cheerfully go to work singing, humming a little tune of praise and thanksgiving to the God, who has generously provide all things that pertain to life for them. And he has done the same for you!


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