Why are we trying to outwork God?


So, God is apparently a lightweight.

It is right there in the Bible, so don’t get mad at me for pointing it out. It says it in Genesis 2:2:

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”

He took a day off! And he didn’t just stay out of the office for a day. It says he rested from “all” his work.

What, he didn’t spend an hour answering email? No completing work projects? No running by the office?

He didn’t mow the lawn? He didn’t wash the car? He didn’t do laundry?

Seriously? He took an entire day just to rest? To … relax?

As for me, I don’t always take the entire night to rest. And I don’t mean to say I am anything special — I know a lot of people like me.

According to Bloomberg News, America is filled with hardworking folks:

“(I)n 1991, the average American worker put in 163 more hours on the job than in 1973, according to the sociologist Juliet Schor, the author of “The Overworked American.” Since many more families had two parents working, the increase in annual working hours per family was much higher — 500 to 700 hours more than in the ‘70s. It should be noted that increases in labor productivity are not “energy-free” advances for the workers whose productivity increases. As it happens, workers are required to get much more done and more quickly. Working hours are more draining, while the hyper-competition of today’s workplace makes them even more stressful.”

God would definitely get some quizzical looks in America — a place where citizens are likely to claim his special blessings — because of his bohemian ways. Figure it like this: one day a week of rest equals 52 days a year, which is equivalent to more than seven weeks of vacation time!

Doesn’t God know what that means? How can I put gas in the car with that much time off?

How can I afford a new car? How can I afford the house I want?

Doesn’t God want me to get ahead?

Bloomberg tells us we have our good, American working habits for a particular reason:

“The postwar (WWII) era, aided by the new medium of commercial television, ushered in what came to be known as “the consumer society.” Expectations for larger homes and cars soared. Easier credit brought a cornucopia of material goods within easy reach of the middle class. By the mid-1970s, and especially after 1980, median wages weren’t keeping pace with increases in our capacity to produce. But flattening incomes didn’t derail the consumption train. Americans continued to buy more, in part by going deeper into debt, by having more members of the family enter the workforce and by working additional overtime. By the boom times of the late 1990s, Americans worked more than the notoriously workaholic Japanese.”

So there it is: We spend more time working than almost anyone else so we can get more stuff, including the accompanying stress and illness. … And the funny thing is we have become so accustomed to having all this stuff, that we have forgotten there was a not-very-long-ago time when we didn’t have it and didn’t miss it.

Thank God we don’t live in that time any longer.

Then again, considering he is such a lightweight, maybe God doesn’t have anything to do with where we are now.

Author: Michael

Working in the newsroom, I had a front row seat as the internet just about killed newspapers. I knew I had to either evolve or risk becoming insignificant. So I changed. I learned how to build websites and blogs, and I used social media to go to my readers. Now the goal is to use what I've learned to honor God and serve my community.

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