Work is a gift from God. Prior to COVID-19, that phrase would not have been well-received. Many could not wait until the weekend, vacation, then ultimately, retirement to rest from their labors. 

Now, given the numerous store closures, restaurant owners not knowing one day to the next if they can open, many are scrambling for employment. In this current environment, employment is not impossible, but understandably challenging.

Chad Hovind, in his excellent book, Godonomics, reminds readers, “Labor is a gift to us from God. He gave each of us talents to develop and opportunities in which to apply them. God wants His people to work in order to provide for themselves and others, rather than depending on others to supply what we need to survive.”[1]

Some are concerned that the next White House administration will be harder on businesses, thus fewer jobs and/or higher employment.

In all seasons, politicly as well as the presence or absence of a pandemic, God provides a way – it just may take more effort on our part. With these God-given talents and abilities, it may be necessary to become pro-active and creative to get your talents and abilities noticed.

In the workplace, your name and reputation for being an honest and hard worker are most valuable. God’s Word reminds us, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver.” Proverbs 22:1.

The workplace can be very challenging. You may experience mistreatment, a demotion, or a pink slip. Stay faithful. “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;” Philippians 2:14-15

As hard as it may be to accept, God often opens new doors through these challenges, though we may not see those “doors” just yet. Remember, He is already there in our tomorrows, and His ways are so much greater than our ways. As you live by faith, trusting God, He will work His perfect will in your life and be glorified.

[1] Chad Hovind, Godonomics, (Multnomah Books, 2013), p. 21

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