Have you ever noticed that when things are to themselves, there is a tendency to for things to move towards chaos. There is a lot to be said for order. Things just don’t take care of themselves. If there wasn’t order in the universe and every star, planet, galaxy were allowed to go freely, it would be catastrophic. The universe is held together like a fine tuned machine. God is a God of order.
Work is good and even though we may groan and feel too tired, we benefit from the efforts exerted to keep things straight. Our world can teach us to be lazy, that somebody else needs to do it. Some of the biggest problems facing America today are because of this mental philosophy.
People today have their own philosophy of love. They also often are judgmental of others who on the surface don’t appear to gush humanitarianism. It is a ruse. Some of the most loving people I know are tough as nails when it comes to encouraging people to work and believe for themselves.
Men like Moses and Joshua understood it. Imagine the work it took to lead about all those people. God is not into entitlement, he is into empowerment. God put himself right in the middle of them to remind them he was with them, not to make magic happen, but to encourage and them to do as he empowered them. Circumcision, sacrifices, the law and the tabernacle were all reminders.
There is, of course, a balance to all of this. We can overwork. Just as underworking is misbelieving, so is overworking. I, personally, have experienced both. I have also seen it in various churches, ministries, businesses, professions, education, politics and even in raising children. Underperforming and over-performing are always a temptation. God keeps us in perfect balance when we know how he operates in our lives. Believing God and tuning in to him keeps us in balance. It also requires humility.
3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) Number’s 12:3
I love making the bed in the morning. It reminds me that the day needs to be ordered and then at night it is a nice fresh place to remember to rest. I think about God in both actions. You may think that is weird, but it works! The sun rises and sets in a predictable orderly fashion. God designed it that way and it is very loving.