Do you often think about what other people are doing and saying? It might be America’s favorite pastime and the instantaneous digital media has ignited it like an explosion of voices. Dissatisfaction stirs much of this hot air that rises like black smoke from burning rubber. The self-proclaimed victims cry out against injustice, prejudice, poverty, indignity, lack of opportunity, rights denied, slander, inequality, social injustice, immortality as they see it, and any number of individual complaints against what others have purportedly done. It’s not just what is written or said in public forums, but in casual conversations, until an act of nature or a natural disaster takes the stage for a brief moment. Perhaps this is normal, but I think not.
I like to think that there are people who work for their living, not that they are on the brink of poverty, but they work to provide for their family and make a contribution to the economic, financial, and social infrastructure of the nation through their work. Moreover, these people acquire a sense of honor from their labors because it is hard work, not necessarily physically, perhaps emotionally or mentally, but it is the work that someone else can’t or refuses to do. I believe the fruit of one’s labor exceeds, in many and various ways, the price of one’s produce or wage. They are paid in honor for a job well done; paid in respect for the skills they employ; paid in satisfaction by completing a project on time; rewarded with recognition, advancement and appreciation for their service rendered. Time does not permit me to extol the virtues of one’s labor, but King Solomon, the wisest of men, said all is vanity, nothing is new, but “A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God….” (Ecclesiastes 2: 24).
Believers in Yeshua find rest in the Lord, who renews their strength like the eagles soaring on the wind. When discontentment seeks to snare you, look to the Lord, seek His face and you will find that His eyes are on you with lovingkindness. Throw off all dissatisfaction with others, your own lot in life, or anything the enemy may tempt. Everything that concerns you is firmly in the hands of your Savior. “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Cor. 10: 13). Finally, do your work as though you are working for the Lord, because His Holy Spirit is leading you and your best future is found in submission to his guidance. The Kingdom of God is a matter of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. We can bring these blessings where ever we go, as Yeshua dwells within. Stand firm in the faith, hope, and love of God and hear His words, “Peace be still.”