• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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work ethicsCommit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:3 ESV)

The Holy Spirit guides you by the Word of God and His providential care. Between the two, they guide you to the right decision on many issues. After prayer and giving serious thought to a matter, your choice should be in accord with the Word of God and the talents God has given you. If your choice is in accord with the Word of God and allows you to walk in holiness and honor God; a good decision has probably been made.

There are times when providence may make your present job or profession very uncomfortable. It may become unprofitable or impractical for you to continue in your present work. You may lose your job – which is a very common problem now. In such conditions you must seek to alter your circumstances. If your present employment is enjoyable and profitable, you probably wish to keep up your current status. However, what do you do if your employer makes changes in your job which violate the Word of God? Should you be willing to resign if the circumstances cannot be changed?

Suppose you are offered employment in two places and after researching the companies, much prayer, and consideration of biblically related issues, you discover that the company which offered you the most money engages in unethical moral practices; what do you do? Which job should you take? What if you are offered two great jobs with companies whose business practices do not conflict with the God’s Word? Should you not consider first the job where you can honor God most with your ability and talents? If you wish to discern God’s Will for you in choosing a job, you must not make riches and pleasures your primary goal. Such motives will deceive you and turn you from God’s good and perfect will. You should always carefully look at your motives. Then, after prayer, careful thought, and meditating on God’s Word, if you are still undecided – wait; wait upon the Lord in prayer. Ask God to hedge up the wrong path and by His providential care to make known to you the right path.

You should always use the Bible for your rule of action. Be earnest with God and seek to saturate your mind with His Truth. Do you seriously believe that the Holy Spirit will give you discernment of God’s Will, if you do not even study the Bible? Will a flashlight turn on without the batteries? Dear Christian, if you truly want the light of the Holy Spirit to shine on the important decisions of your life; you must first be sure to consistently study the Bible while being constant in prayer.

One last thought from A. W. Pink:

“If any occupation or association is found to hinder our communion with God or our enjoyment of spiritual things, then it must be abandoned. Anything in my habits or ways which mars happy fellowship with the brethren or robs me of power in service, is to be unsparingly judged and made an end of– ‘burned.’ Whatever I cannot do for God’s glory must be avoided.”

Samuel at Gilgal

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