In the book of Genesis chapter 3 verses 17, 18, and 19 it says;
17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.”
God told Adam that in order to see fruit he had to earn it off the sweat of his brow. In other words, he had to work hard. There was no way around it. Living the “good life” means having to work hard. Some hard work doesn’t even provide the “good life”. Life is full of work. Not till we get to heaven shall we actually rest.
I have always been the type of guy who likes a laid back job. To be honest, I’m lazy. Right now I’m 30 years old and still skinny. At this point in my life I should be overweight. My mentality was that a good job should fall on my lap at any time now. It hasn’t happened, nor will it. Work is part of life. I never understood that till now. Call me a slow learner, but it’s true.
If I want a closer relationship with my heavenly Father I must be on bent knees and studying scripture. There is no way I can get to know my God without seeking Him. That is how life was programmed, so to speak. Life is work. I cannot succeed without working in some way, shape, or form. If my marriage is to succeed I must work at it. Work mustn’t be overdone though either for the Sabbath day was given for a reason, as it is stated in the book of Exodus chapter 20 verses 8, 9, 10, and 11;
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that isin them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
This all may seem so cliche, but to me it never quite hit home…till now.