THE LABOUR OF FOOLS
“The labour of fools wearies them, For they do not even know how to go to the city!” Ecclesiastes 10:15 NKJV
The principle of work is very important because it was instituted by God. The bible is filled with various scriptures that reveals even the more that God is very much interested and invested in this part of our lives. In fact, all through the scriptures, God called people who were actively engaged in an enterprise, doing something meaningful. The Apostle Paul leaves no room for doubt on this matter and clearly spells it out in his letters to the Thessalonians that it is honourable to work and that “whoever does not work should not eat”. Hence, laziness is not accepted in our kingdom. Hence, It is clear that every believer must be engaged in something, our hands must always be willing and ready to work.
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might;”
Ecclesiastes 9:10a NKJV
So, imagine you had a job – A full-time job, 24 hrs to be exact. No vacations, no tea or lunch breaks, fully engaging, no weekends. You barely find time to eat or even rest. It’s beginning to tell on you. Four wavy lines take a permanent location on your forehead and you’re barely in your thirties. Last you checked you had to drill a hole into your belt, you are already losing weight and everyone can see it, they are already asking questions. The most interesting part is that since you got this job a year ago you’ve never gotten paid. It has been a full year of hard, exhausting work without pay. Sounds really tragic right?
The job I’ve just described above paints the perfect picture of what the writer of our opening text termed the “labour of fools”. The word “labour” as used in the original Hebrew text connotes a negative meaning, in fact it describes a work that is equal to misery. Worthy to note is that it doesn’t speak of a physical work such as farming, but of a strenuous burden that engages the entire being (Spirit, soul & body) of an individual leaving them without strength or motivation. In essence the labour of fools is spelled- WORRY!
What I find very interesting is that many believers are well employed in this category and do not have the slightest clue. Have you found yourself demotivated, drained and discouraged recently? Then chances are that you’ve been working round the clock, worrying. Nothing drains passion, zest and energy like a worrisome soul and in the same way these qualities are contagious, worry is too if communicated and received. To show you how much this affects us our Lord Jesus taught on the subject matter,
“Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
Matthew 6:31 NKJV
Our Lord Jesus reveals how worry operates. It starts with a thought of an uncertainty or fear, shrouded in genuine questions and as always, these questions manifest in our words and manner of communication, and most times in our body language. You probably have seen a completely sane individual, sitting alone, murmuring to themselves with a concerned look on their face, well that is what worry can do. An even interesting part is that it even manifests in our prayers.
Friends, just like the as the fool is wearied after his labour and cannot go into the city, worry accomplishes nothing and leaves the individual discouraged and disappointed. If we allowed worry fester it will drain us of the joy and energy we need to lay a hold of the promises of God for us.
There are different ways the scriptures teaches us on how to deal with worry, let’s take a look at 3 of them;
- But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
- Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
- Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Friends, it’s high time we put an end to that employment with worry and live in the liberty, joy and Peace we have in Christ knowing that our heavenly father is fully aware of all that we have need of .
Dear Father, I thank you for your Word in my spirit today stirs faith and dispels fear and anxiety, in Jesus’ Name. I reject every thought of worry and anxiety for I know that my faith in your Word and in your mighty power, love and grace towards me is my victory over the devil and the powers of darkness. Amen.
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