Is Work Easy?

“Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.” – Proverbs 12:11

I hope you men have been encouraged and challenged by this devotional series and today we’re going to answer the following question: “Is work easy?” 

Remember that God works, God made us to work and, because Adam sinned, our work is now cursed. Just as we rebel against God, everything we’re now supposed to have dominion over is rebelling against us. Work is harder than it was before the curse. Everything you do is going to constantly be in a state of trying to undo what you’re trying to do. Everything is going to take longer because something will go wrong. Whatever the financial projection was for your work, it will cost more because it is cursed. As men, we need to accept that, every day, your work is treating you like you treat your God. This should humble you and cause you to thank your Father for constantly working on you as you work against Him. 

People who don’t believe the Bible don’t believe that they are sinners, the Fall happened, or work is cursed. As a result, they naively believe that work and success should be a lot easier than they are. This explains why weak and woke men in the workforce keep trying to find a shortcut to prosperity and success when there isn’t one. This also explains why younger generations of men quit the workforce or rant online about how evil their boss is – because they are soft, and life is hard. As a man, accept this fact: There is no easy job and no easy career path. Life is hard, and you will need to stop being soft if you want to be a man of God.

Jesus was not soft; He worked. As men, we are blessed that our God became a man as our example. Growing up, Jesus worked as a carpenter with His dad. Jesus was a young man with callouses on His hands who did not vape or vote for government handouts. John 5:17 says, “Jesus answered them, ‘My Father is working until now, and I am working.’” God the Father and God the Son work and, as one of God’s sons, they expect you to do the same.

One of the best things you can do is teach your sons how to work and sometimes take them to work with you. My dad took me to the jobsite when he was hanging drywall and, when I was growing up, I got to see my dad work. My grandpa was a diesel mechanic. I got to see him turn wrenches. I saw the men in my family work. My sons work, and I help them get launched, but I will not give them a financial piggyback ride for the rest of their lives. 

If you’re a single guy, stop looking for a gal with a good job and low discernment who will let you move into her place and eat her food. Instead, get a job before you get a gal. I’ll tell you what good women find really sexy: not your abs or your subs but a Bible and a job. Tomorrow we will look at the importance of mirroring God. 

What about your current work is hard? What about it is easy? 

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