Skillful Labor

Ecclesiastes 10:10 “If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.”

Labor Day was instituted to celebrate the social and economic contribution of workers in America. In essence, society recognizes that to an extent the social and economic prosperity of the land is dependent on the workforce. The Bible makes us understand that the skill level of the laborers is a pointer to the socio-economic development of the people. Many times people are exerting themselves laboriously to produce better result, but Scripture teaches that in order to have a more fruitful life, we ought to sharpen the ax.

Progressive life requires progressive wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Never let your knowledge base remain stagnant. You ought to continually be willing to learn in the area of your trade. There’s always a better way to do things, and you must be willing to seek it out. You must be willing to apply yourself to the new found knowledge and see results. The Spirit of God is the source of all wisdom (James 1:5). It takes God ‘s spirit to teach you how to apply your newly acquired knowledge to produce results. He is the leader and the teacher of profit, He led Israel through the wilderness, a people who were just laborers with no skill, yet He taught them how to profit (Isa. 48:17). He gave them skill to build a tabernacle in the wilderness (Exo.31:1-3), and He gave them precepts for economic development.

As you take time off today, think about how you can improve your skill level. As a child of God you are expected to be the best and be on top always. Part of this is by divine providence, but a good portion of it is dependent on you. Are you consciously going out to seek knowledge? Are you constantly applying yourself to knowledge? It’s this attitude that God blesses in a special way.

Scriptures to Meditate: Dan. 6:1-3, Prov.23:4, Eccl. 9:10, Prov. 4:7; 28:20

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