Proverbs 14:23 “In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty.”
Idle hands are the devil’s Workshop
After the fall experienced due to the 1st sin of Adam and Eve most of mankind many times spend most of their time looking for the formula for relaxation. We are told by our world that that should be our focus in life and we expect that it will give us true happiness and contentment. It’s that picture of sitting in the lounge chair with your favorite snack and drink while having financial and physical security and not a care in the world. That philosophy is based on our world’s thoughts and goals which should be a huge warning to us. Actually I always feel best when I am busy doing eternally valuable work projects. Projects that lift up God’s name and not my name.
I do believe that God designed working to keep us content even before that first sin messed everything and everyone up. Not overwhelmed but busy. Actually when I find myself with no projects in front of me I am at a nasty stage of mental unrest. And I suppose those around me are well aware of it due to my poor attitude. We just are not designed to sit around and do nothing. In the Garden of Eden sin placed a wall between God and us. Prior to that wall being put up by our decision to sin the art of being active or busy was enjoyable and valuable. Listen to the effects of work before sin as God’s word records it.
Genesis 2:15 “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”
And then we tried to improve on our knowledge base by disobedience. Yes, I said we because you and I have the same fleshly desires today that Adam and Eve had. That 1st sin and every one after it by every human being caused some nasty things to be added to the act of being active and busy.
Genesis 3:17-19 “And unto Adam he said, Because you have hearkened unto the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for your sake; in sorrow shalt you eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt you eat bread, till you return unto the ground; for out of it were you taken: for dust you art, and unto dust shalt you return.”
There will be thorns and thistles in the work environment. We as CHRISTians must realize we are working for a much greater cause than what we did when we were the lost sinner. And it is one that should bring joy to our being busy and active. If the CHRISTian’s work motives and attitudes are correct that will have eternal significance.
Rev 1:6 “and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
“In our tranquility how many golden hours we throw down the stream that we are never to see again. The time may come when we would give rivers of oil, the wealth of both Indies, and the mountains of precious stones, if they were ours, to recover one lost moment! Who is there among us that knows how to value time and prize the day at a due rate? Most men study rather how to pass away their time than to redeem it. They waste precious hours as if they had more than they could tell what to do with. Our season is short, and we make it shorter. How sad a thing it is to hear men complain, ‘O, what shall we do to pass the time?’ Alas, even the Lord’s Day, the purest and most refined part of time, how cheap and common it is in most men’s eyes! But O, when trouble comes; when the sword is at the body, the pistol at the breast, the knife at the throat, death at the door, how precious would one of those despised hours be! Evil days cry with a loud voice in our ears: ‘Redeem the time!’ (Eph 5:16). In life threatening dangers, when God threatens, as it were, then we can think of redeeming the time for prayer, reading, meditation, and study. We then gather up the very fragments of time, that nothing may be lost. Then God teaches the soul the wisdom of redeeming the time.”
–Thomas Case, When Christians Suffer, pgs 52, 53
There is a time to relax and even to regroup as we see in scripture. But for the most part we need to keep busy. “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop” is an old saying with much truth….! There is much to do for our Saviors glory and for His kingdom and our time is short!
James 4:14 “Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.”