Life is to Toil, and That’s Good

“So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?”

Ecclesiastes 3:22

I have midterms and finals coming up, along with another round of tests that come with the end of this term. This means that today’s post will be a bit shorter, but hopefully just as meaningful.

Having this overwhelming schoolwork looming over me causes me to worry, complain, and procrastinate; however, the Holy Spirit brought to my mind this verse from Ecclesiastes about how our earthly life is about working as hard as we can along with fearing God and keeping His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

When seasons come that are filled with what feels like non-stop grueling work, they are difficult but refining. Exhausting but liberating. This is because hard work is what God put us on this earth to do! Rest has a time and place, but so does work. Sadly for our fallen nature that tends towards self-centered laziness and lethargy, work is meant for the majority of the time.

From the very beginning, the Garden of Eden, work was created as a good and God-ordained thing! A curse of the Fall, though, was that by “the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground.” (Genesis 3:19a). This means that our worldly and sin-tainted lives would be filled with hard and sin-tainted labor until we are restored to Christ for eternity.

So when I complain to others or within myself about the amount of work I have, how I feel unprepared and unable, I need to remember that 99.9% of the time I’m just unwilling. I’m unwilling to surrender my time and efforts to God and His purpose of working hard for His glory until He takes me home. That’s something that I hope will become different in me as the Spirit continues to teach and lead me towards Christlikeness.

So, here I go. Off to spend the day studying for tests. Still in my pajamas, still wishing I was in bed, but beginning to prepare my heart for doing the work that is set before me for the glory of God.

 

Still overcoming,

Hannah

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