Proverbs 23: King James Bible
Calling of God – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty three, Verse 4-5
4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. 5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Calling of God
Labor and toil are things that few realize is a curse that was laid upon us after the fall of Adam. Genesis three spells it all out for us.
We are all called to do something in this life we’ve been given. We’ve all got a job to do, but this isn’t part of that curse.
Even before the fall, Adam had a job to do. He was a busy guy being called to dress and tend to the garden, name all of the animals that were being created, to be fruitful and multiply, and to replenish the earth and subdue it.
Not a small order by any means, but he was in paradise while doing it. The work was there, but the labor and the toil was not. The misery, aches and pains, frustrations, and hardships, that come through toil had not entered into the world yet.
After he fell, and handed the world over to the enemy, that’s when the toil and the hard labor came into play for mankind. For all creatures actually. “Only the strong survive” didn’t exist till after the fall. What a place it must’ve been.
But here we are. Most of us are living lives that we feel like we have to live, rather than living out the calling of God. Always under the heavy burden of needing money for this and that, having to pay off something, or struggle to get some food into the house.
Above, the Lord brings to our attention something that the world will not so readily admit. His ways are better than our ways, and his wisdom is always more productive than our own.
With that understanding, what’s he saying about laboring? Some of us have been blessed to use what the Lord has given us to to an extent that we’re financially well off, and praise God for those of you who do not have lack in your way.
But the rest of us work for riches, or at least labor to one day achieve riches. The Father says that should not be so. I wonder how many people completely miss what calling of God is for their lives, due to the pursuit of riches?
The heart is at play here, and the way our outlook is toward what we’re doing, will give us a decent picture where our heart’s resting. Ask yourself one thing…
At what point in the Word of God, is the Lord telling us to ever do anything for the sake of riches? He does point out different things that will help us acquire wealth in one way shape or form, but nowhere does he tell us to do all things for the sake of filthy lucre.
In fact, it’s the opposite. He dumped an untold fortune on to King Solomon, because he didn’t ask for riches. But instead what did he do? He entreated the Father to grant him wisdom to fulfill his calling more effectively. More concerned about the duties given him by the Lord, than his financial status.
If anyone feels that they are stuck in a dead end job, it doesn’t hurt to entreat the Father, to pluck you up from where you are, and to place you where he wants you to be. It doesn’t make any difference whether or not you already know what that is, because he knows, and will cause for you to wind up where you need to be.
The pursuit of pleasing the Father and seeking out his call for your life is far better and more fruitful, than all the riches this world has to offer.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 22: King James Bible
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
Romans 1: King James Bible
5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 8: King James Bible
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Romans 11: King James Bible
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
1 Timothy 6: King James Bible
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Thank you for all of your lessons and for the truth in your Word. Help us all to find our calling that you’ve picked for us. Please make it clear in our eyes, and guide our feet so that we wind up heading in the right direction toward it. Let us not depart from your plan, and cause for us to seek you out in all that we do. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do you toil through frustration, or have you found your calling of God?