“They have harps and lyres at their banquets, pipes and timbrels and wine, but they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord, no respect for the work of his hands.” (Isaiah 5:12)
God wants us to understand and wonder at His works, but what is His work? First, the Creation and our fellow man. God finished the earth and stars which are truly amazing as they testify of Him. (Rom. 1: 19-21) Regarding mankind He is still at work, saving, helping, comforting each new generation of those who seek Him. He is showing love, kindness and compassion to people throughout the world. He expects us to acknowledge this and respect His work, rather than attributing it to happenstance or random chance.
We ourselves have this same desire, that people will regard our effort and products. The worst supervisor is one who never acknowledges a job well done or the workers diligent effort. Those men are tyrants selfish or devoted only to their superiors interests. We call them a “kiss up” or worse and they make a hard job harder for the workers. God does His work and though He often invites us to join Him, our assignment is very small. Henry Blackaby wrote an excellent book, “Experiencing God” which describes how God invites Believers to join in His work. He offers a picture of a small child bringing a dirty cup of water to his hard working parent, as our help in the light of God’s work. Nevertheless, our loving God desires relationship and communion with us, as it is for our good that we seek and find Him.
These are concepts easily lost among a modern high tech office workplace. Physical labor with one’s hands has virtue because it requires us to set aside our rationalization and reason to offer humble labor. Humble service leads to blessing, while pride which comes from deep inside us leads to destruction. (Prov. 18:12) God is not like us, He doesn’t want our regard and respect for His work from selfish motives, but for our own Good. When we are enabled to see His work we see love in action. Love draws us and builds us up. If we respond to love’s call it leads to life and God desires that everyone come to a knowledge of the truth and be saved. (1 Tim. 2:4) He does not show favoritism, but calls everyone to come. The lost refuse to come and their end is death. “Therefore Death expands its jaws, opening wide its mouth; into it will descend their nobles and masses with all their brawlers and revelers.” (Isaiah 5:14) Will you look up from your own path, seek God, His work and offer regard and respect to Him out of a humble heart? You may find the God who is there.