No Days Off

A few weeks ago, while I had some down time at work, God spoke to me and said, “You can still work while you’re hurting.” I immediately wrote this down and meditated on what he said. Had I let my current pain and the feeling of “most parts of my life are dying”, interfere with the work God had assigned to my hands? Indeed I did! There were several things that God asked me to do that I simply put on the back burner because I had allowed my trials to take precedence in my life. Truth be told I felt so small in that moment because that one sentence revealed so much about my actions and character. Firstly, it showed that I lacked trust in God because he can take care of any situation I am dealing with. Secondly, I was stressing about things that were out of my control. Thirdly, I had several moments of being consumed by sadness. I was so focused on trying to do things to either distract myself from pain or make myself happy. Some of these tasks did in turn help me because it involved me reading my bible more and seeking God; yet I was unknowingly missing the mark that God truly desired for me to hit.

When God assigns work to us, he expects us to complete it. He expects us to use the gifts he has entrusted us with and for us to be joyful and appreciative of what’s been given. God is showing us that not only does he trusts us but also believes in our abilities. As I prepared to preach on Sunday God gave me Romans 12:11-12 to speak on which states, “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (NIV) Just like us he has expectations and to be completely honest, its time out for excuses. God wants to see our faithfulness. The scriptures prior to the ones God gave me (6-8) speak about having gifts and actually using them; doing what Jesus has told you to do and performing the tasks cheerfully. You don’t get off days when you’re working for God. Yes, he recognizes your pain and if you allow him to, he will heal you in his time. Until then, keep yourself busy with being a good steward over your gifts, work and prayer life. Of course, God does not expect us to be emotionless robots, however he wants us to prioritize our lives and put him first.

Pain may keep us out of work temporarily but because we have bills to pay, we go back to our 9-5’s and tough it out. How much more will the father bless, trust, uplift and take care of us if we show him this same diligence? Right before I went to speak God had me type in my notes this amazing revelation: We become so consumed by what we are going through that we entertain or work for God halfheartedly, yet we want him to show up in his fullness and fix us or remove our problems and issues. All I could think was wow because the words hit my heart in such a way. I immediately felt correction and love. God can simply assign another person the tasks that we are disregarding and allow us to wallow in self-pity. Sometimes this does happen, yet we still have work to do for God. My advice is that you walk in obedience and let God take care of your pain. You will find that the joy of the lord is your strength.