Why Toil and Work is Part of Life
Toil is work but work doesn’t have to be toil. When Adam and Eve were living in the Garden of eden GOD told them to care for it – probably for them it was not work but joy.
Genesis 2:15 ESV
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.
Soon Adam needed a helper and GOD created Eve for him.
Genesis 2:18,21,22 (ESV)
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for[a] him.”. . .
. . . 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made[d]into a woman and brought her to the man. . . .
Nearly everyone knows eventually Satan disguised as a serpent tempted them and the disobeyed GOD and sinned and then ejected from The Garden of Eden: one of the consequences was humans would have to earn their keep through work and toil.
Genesis 3:17-19 ESV
17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Like many things in this world people can either make the most out of a situation or succumb to it by making reality harsh by magnifying the negative side:
People can chose to seek GOD’s will for them and thus discover a vocation well suited for who they are. This is a gift from GOD for an obedient and respectful life.
Proverbs 12:11 ESV
Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
Work yes, in the proper measure to provide and be productive but, not in excess in order to gain worldly treasure at your spiritual expense.
Like any aspect of this world humans can succumb to excesses: in desires, substance abuse, material gain, wealth and even live a life completely consumed by work in order to fulfill their perversion of a balance mental condition and reality. Yes, even a good thing like diligent work can become a negative distortion in our lives.
Psalm 127:2 ESV
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
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