Job 31:24 What Is Your Trust In?

Gold coins

If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’ Job 31:24

Money and wealth are major influencers in this world. Money is something that most people seek and want. It does not matter how much or how little someone wants, most people want more than what they have.

In the process of seeking out more money, they strive to get better paying jobs. People dream of the jobs that are six figures or larger. They seek out jobs that have great retirement plans and great investment plans. Everything is focused on getting more money, so that they can get and do more things.

If they don’t have the ‘more money’ than they worry about not having enough or not getting what they ‘need’. They trust in the money to provide for all their needs and wants.

Job says, in this verse, that if he put his trust in gold (money)… Then, in a few more verses Job continues to say that this would be a sin.

While money is helpful, it is not needed. God can provide in other ways if needed. Look at the Israelites traveling through the wilderness. God gave them food, and they did not have to have money to get it.

Believers often take on the view of the world, in that they ‘need’ to make more money. They begin to trust in their jobs and the paycheck, rather than in God and His word.

Jobs come and go. Money comes and goes. But God remains forever. He created the universe out of nothing by His word, He can provide the needs of a person just as easily.

Money is a tool that can be useful, but it is not a necessity, when looked at correctly. Jesus is the only one thing that is necessary in this life. Outside of Him, everything is just bonuses.

Make sure that your focus is upon God, not on self and money. Your job will not be there forever, in fact, you may not have a job tomorrow, but the Creator of the universe, God, will still be there with you. If God can sustain the universe by His word, He can sustain you.

Put your trust in God and not the temporary money of this world. Seek God and do what He tells you to do and trust His provision in the process. He will never fail, where money can and does fail.

I pray today that you will know God’s provision in your life; that you will trust God for everything; that you will obey God in every area of your life; and that you will see the blessings God has given you. 

1 Chronicles 26:12 Every Job Is Important

Sweeping the floor

These divisions of the gatekeepers, through their leaders, had duties for ministering in the temple of the LORD, just as their relatives had. 1 Chronicles 26:12 

Titled positions in a job are often very important to most people. If the position does not have a good sounding title, it does not appear to be an important position.

It is common for people to think about positions in a job as not being very important. They are at the bottom of the ladder in the company and so are often looked down upon as a nobody. As they are looked at as a nobody, it is often common the individual feels that he is also a nobody, no on important or of any real value.

As the writer of the Chronicles writes, God leads him to list the names of those working in the temple. One of the groups listed was those of the gatekeepers, the men who stand and watch the doorway, guarding the temple.

Being a guard is often looked at as a menial job, with no real value. It is like the one who is a janitor and just sweeps floors and picks up garbage. He is not a CEO or president, no one really important. Yet, God chose to write their names down for all history. It was an important job.

In the church, there are positions that are not in the lime-light. They don’t seem to be very important. Sometimes this can be working in the nursery, being a greeter, or cleaning the floors and the toilets.

Many people want the high profile, fun positions with a great title. They want to be the head deacon, usher, worship leader, lead instrument, or one of many other profile, titled positions. They don’t want to be the one working in the nursery, teaching a young children’s Sunday School class, setting up chairs, or sweeping the floor.

Every position in the church has a reason and an importance to it. Every position in God’s kingdom also has a reason and an importance to it.

God has a job for you to do. It may be something that is high-profile, but most likely it is a ‘small’ job, that is hidden behind the scenes. Either job is just as important. If no one was to clean the floor, worship would occur in a filthy place.

Work in your position as unto the Lord and with joy. God can use you where you are at, when you are doing His work.

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will do His work with joy; that you will know the value in doing God’s work; and that you touch the lives of many people for God. 

1 Chronicles 9:22 The ‘Little’ Important Jobs

Buckingham palace guards

Altogether, those chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds numbered 212. They were registered by genealogy in their villages. The gatekeepers had been assigned to their positions of trust by David and Samuel the seer. 1 Chronicles 9:22 

There are many jobs in this world, that the majority of people look down upon because they are ‘little’ jobs. They are jobs that take no real talent to do or that no one really wants to work. They have no real status in the world and make very little pay.

A gas station attendant, a fast food worker, a janitor, a store greeter, and more are a few of the jobs that are not considered great jobs to have. Most people strive to avoid these types of jobs. They want to be doctors, lawyers, and other high profile, high paying career positions.

As the author is listing the genealogy of the people, one of the lists of the people are the gatekeepers to the camp. They were to guard the gateway into the camp day and night. This was to prevent any of the enemy from entering the camp and causing any problems.

The position of the gatekeeper was not the high profile position of priest, or worker in the temple, but a lower, but much needed, job. While this position was not high profile, God saw fit to put their names in His book as being important to know.

In the church there are many different positions. Not everyone can be the pastor or the high leaders in the church. Someone needs to work at cleaning the toilets or vacuuming the floors. These are the behind the scenes workers with no high profile and are often not thanked enough, yet are much needed.

In God’s kingdom there are a lot of different positions needed. Some will be the high profiles, such as the Billy Grahams, while many will be the unsung heroes who work with no known credit behind the scenes.

God has a job for you to do in His kingdom. It may or may not be a glamorous job, but it is just as important. There is no ‘little’ job in God’s kingdom, all are important. God wants to list you as one of His great workers.

Be willing to do what God has for you. Do it with a joyful heart, knowing that you are doing it to please God and you are building His kingdom.

I pray today that you will know the work God has for you to do; that God will give you the strength to do the work He has for you; that you will do His work with joy; and that God will build His kingdom through you. 

What Is Your Motivation?

Work And Life

I am currently in a position of a job transition. I am transitioning from a known job into the unknown. At this point I do not know what my next job will be, but I know that God has one out there for me.

In the process of searching for a job I have to look at various different factors. One factor is what type of job do I want. Another is how much I want to work, or how many hours I want to work. Another is what benefits are there and what benefits do I want.

One factor that many people do not look at is the motivation factor. Motivation is the reason for a person to behave or act in a certain way. This brings up the question of why a person wants a particular job. Most people look back at the above factors in looking for a job. Some want the high pay, others the great side benefits, and still others the hours worked.

Money

While paying the bills is an important motivator for working, it is not necessarily the most important factor.

As a believer in Jesus, my time in worship and ministry is extremely high on the priority list of life. I want to be able to go to church and do ministry in the church. I want to be able to lead my family in worship and service to God, both in and out of the church.

As a happily married man, I place a very high priority of spending time with my wonderful wife. I want to be able to take her out on a date once in a while. I want to be able to spend time with her at home without falling asleep exhausted from work.

Family

As a man with a large family, I place family as a very high place on the priority of life list. I want to spend quality and quantity of time with my family. I want to be able to play with my kids and mentor my kids in work, worship and ministry. Working automatically places a damper on the amount of time spent with my family.

Some of the jobs I look at will pay very well. This will allow for all bills to be paid and still be able to get everything my family needs or wants. However, to get that high pay requires that I put in very long hours, cutting back family  and ministry time.

Other jobs I look at allow for a lot of time with the family, but do not pay very well. They will not be enough to pay the bills and other needs of the family. Thus it puts a lot of stress upon me and the family.

You may be in this position or you may have been there, or you may be in this position some day. Most people have been there or will be there some day.

In order to solve this dilemma one must look to God and His word. The first thing is:

Psalm 37-23_24

God guides those who seek Him. He will guide your steps. God is there to help you grow, not cut you down.

It is easy to look at this verse and agree that God guides your steps, but it is harder to actually act upon it. He may open a door that does not look good, or close a door that looks great. He sees the big picture and wants to guide you down the correct path. 

Often we look at a path God wants us to walk down and just see problems with it. Yet, that path may be the best one for us. It may be difficult, but it keeps you focused on God. It may be insane, but it draws you closer to Him. This brings you to the point of trusting God.

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You must let go of your own understanding and the wisdom of this world and trust God’s wisdom and understanding of the situation.

Now that I have talked about God guiding your steps and trusting in the Lord, what does all this have to do with motivation? I started talking about motivation at the beginning.

Ephesians 5_8-10

 

You need to first find out what pleases God. When you or I look at a job, it must be through the eyes of God. Does it honor God? Will it please God to have you working there? Will it be a hindrance to your walk with God? Or will it build your walk with God?

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No matter what the job is that you do, you must do it as though you are working for God. Don’t do it just for the paycheck, or the position, or the benefits, but do it for God.

God opens and closes doors. If you are in a job, it is because God wanted you to be there. The purpose to being there could be to build you up or to help you reach others. The paycheck is the last thing God is really concerned about. You can have a great paycheck and be lose eternal life, because you missed God.

The two greatest motivators for anything that you do, must be to please God and to do it for God.

This can be translated into work, play, or anything else in life. What is your motivation? Is it something temporary of this world? Or is it eternal in God’s kingdom?

Isaiah 49:6 A Big Job To Do

He says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6

Once again, Isaiah speaks God’s word of a prophecy about Jesus. Jesus would not be just a servant to bring back the people of Israel, but would also be a light to the Gentiles all over the entire earth. In the Old Testament, God primarily worked with Israel and focused on them alone, although at times working with other nations. Once Jesus came, the focus then went out to every person around the earth. His final words to the disciples were to go into all the earth to be His witness.

Being a witness to one’s family and friends is the beginning of being a witness for Jesus. A person must be willing to reach out and be a witness to others. Although a person may have a lot of friends, there are many more people a person meets that he does not know.

Salvation is supposed to be for every person on this earth, not just a select few. The sad part is that many believers in the church do not even witness to their friends, much less to those they don’t know. They go to church and witness in the church, but never outside of the church.

All around you are people who are in the process of dying without knowing Jesus. They are on the road to dying without any salvation, because no one has told them that there is a problem.

Your job as a believer is to be a witness for Jesus wherever you go, to whoever you meet. Just being a witness to your few friends is not big enough, branch out, expand your territory. As you go through a store or some business, witness to every one you can. As you travel from one place to another, be a witness in all of your words and actions.

If you take the job of being His witness seriously, you will never run out of opportunities to be His witness. Only a very small portion of people in this world believe in Jesus, don’t let the rest die without a chance to know Him. Be His witness today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a witness for Jesus; that you will tell everyone you meet about Jesus; and that God will show you ways to touch the lives of all you meet.