When Is Our Labor Worth Celebrating?

What is the purpose of all of our labor under the sun?  Why should we get up and do the work that we have to do each day?

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Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes 2:24 that there is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink and make his soul enjoy good in his labor.  He even said that was from the hand of God.

But then Solomon later says in the same book that all of the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled (Ecclesiastes 6:7).

So why should we labor?  And when is it worth celebrating?


We see in Psalm 127:1 that if the Lord doesn’t build the house, then the laborers labor in vain.  So we need to make sure that God is in the work that we do.

God has called us each to do something.  We all need to find the work that God has called us to do.

Perhaps He has placed a distinct call on your life.  Like He did with Abraham, Moses, Gideon, and David.

But what if you haven’t heard from God distinctly?  What do you do?  Psalm 37:3-5 gives us three clues.

1. Trust in the Lord.

Verse 3 says that you should trust that God will point you in the right direction.  And if you do what God calls good, He will provide for you.  But you don’t have to go into ministry to do good.  Because you’re already a minister (1 Peter 2:9).  Whatever you do, your work should be ministry.

God wants you to be so boldly confident that He’s got your back that you can be His hands and feet.

2. Delight yourself in the Lord.

The Hebrew word for delight is anag which means “soft or pliable” according to Strong’s Concordance.  So God wants you to be soft and pliable in His hands so He can mold you how He wants you.  And if you delight yourself in the Lord, verse 4 says that He will give you your heart’s desires, your requests and your petitions.

God wants you to be so conformed to the mold He has for you that He can give you whatever you want.  Because it will be what He wants.

3. Commit your way to the Lord.

The word commit in verse 5 is translated from the Hebrew as literally or figuratively “to roll.”  So God wants you to roll with Him—literally and figuratively.  And if you trust Him with the way He wants you to roll, then He will bring it to pass.  He will make it happen.

God wants your work to be something you and He can rejoice about together when it’s done.

God wants your work to be something you and He can rejoice about together when it’s done.
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As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:58, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

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