The Blessing of Routine

“Man goes out to his work and to his labor until the evening. O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures” (Psalm 104:23-24).

Many today seek a rather thrilling existence. They engage in extreme sports, pursue adrenalin producing activities, and seem to live on the edge. They avoid anything that smacks of routine. Their volatile, ever changing lifestyle provides a drug-like thrill, but often fails to produce lasting results.

The Bible indicates that God ordained some very routine activities for us to pursue. While no one desires a boring existence, we need to learn how to see blessing in routine. Ordinarily, that’s how God blesses us. We arise to prepare for the day. We take care of our family and then drive off to work. We do it every day, and sometimes wish there was a better way. But God ordains a routine for us that will lead to blessing, and should lead to contentment in our hearts.

Pseudo thrills may grab our attention for the moment, but perseverance wins the day. Nothing in life comes easy, and we have to work for most things. Too many miss the blessing by hunting down shortcuts and chasing fantasies. They tire of the daily rigors of daily responsibilities, and look for a convenient escape hatch.

How can we experience the blessing of a routine?

1. By honoring God with our labors.
When we see God in our lives, we suddenly see things differently. We will begin to work because we love God. We will discover honor in working because God ordained it for our life. And we will not look for end-runs around a solid work routine.

2. By working as an act of worship.
We noted earlier in the week how we need to work for God, and not some human employer. But we should take it a step further. We should see our work as a response to God’s gracious gift of salvation. One day God will rescue us from a sin-cursed world, but how do we respond to His graciousness? By complaining, grumbling and faultfinding? When we view our daily labors as an act of worship, we approach life with different eyes.

3. By praying for our work.
Jesus often encouraged us to pray often and to ask Him for things (Luke 11:1-13; 18:1-8). Ask God to use your work to bless others. Be a good witness at your workplace, and point people to God by your hard work and honest dealings. Ask God to bless your efforts, but don’t forget to honor God with the firstfruits of your return (1 Corinthians 16:1-4).

We don’t need a new experience or thrill. When we invite God in our labors, He sweetens the work.

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