Finding your Work And Career Identity - Daily Devotion
We all have to work but we don’t have to hate our work. In Genesis God created the garden of Eden and then placed Adam in the garden to care for it. We see here that God placed Adam in paradise which is what the Garden of Eden was and gave him something productive to do. The same is true today. God wants to place us in the perfect environment where we will enjoy working and be productive.
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Episode Notes & Bible Verses
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
The Hebrew word to trust here means to lie down and to put your entire weigh on something. Know that your work or career is directed by God because there is a redemptive purpose to wherever he places you. Whatever career or work you do, know that God positioned you there to impact other lives or to bring others into a relationship with Him. Since this is the case God has some vested interest in you being where you are supposed to be. Therefore, you can rely on Him to direct you to where you need to be.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile. – Jeremiah 29:11-14 ESV
When we evaluate verse eleven in context, we see that it’s God’s promise to bless his people in the midst of a pagan culture. This, however demands more than attending church on Sunday and hearing a sermon. We must commit our hearts to the Lord 24/7 because when we worship and obey the lord through our day-to-day walk with him. He’s ready to communicate with us and lead us to where we should be.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. – Psalm 32:8 ESV
God longs to guide us with love and wisdom rather than punishment. He offers to teach us the best way to go. Accept the advice written in God’s word and don’t let your stubbornness keep you from obeying God.
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. – Proverbs 16:3 ESV
If you truly commit your way to the Lord, it means your will is in submission to his. When that happens, you’re inviting His will to be done in your life. Once you commit your work to him, obey to his leading as you seek out your business, career and work goals.
Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men. – Proverbs 22:29 ESV
Since Christians should be known as those who work with excellence at whatever we do. As we are searching for purpose in our work we should look at what we can do excellently. This can be used as an indication of what we are good at.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. – Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV
Since you don’t know what tomorrow will bring, enjoy the legitimate pleasures of each day, because God richly provides us with all things to enjoy. Don’t seek enjoyment independent of him.
In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. – Proverbs 14:23 ESV
If you want to be successful in your work, business/career, then you cant just talk about it. You have to do work, study and train to become great at what you do. Just talking about what you want will get you nothing.
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. – Ecclesiastes 5:10 ESV
It’s not wrong to have money, but its wrong to love it. This is why you can’t allow money to be the only driver towards what you do as a career.
Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing. The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out. – Proverbs 20:4-5
God wants us to anticipate future needs and prepare for them. We can’t expect him to come to our rescue when we cause our own problems through lack of planning and action. He provides for us but he also expects us to be responsible.