Thoughts for Labor Day

Stanley O. Williford
Director of Publications

God will redeem our labors.

Jacob tells Laban in Genesis 31: 42:
“Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night.” 

God tells Israel at Mount Sinai in Exodus 20:9-10:
“Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.” 

God tells Israel in Joshua 24:13:
“I have given you a land for which you did not labor, and cities which you did not build, and you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.”

Proverbs 10:16:
The labor of the righteous leads to life, the wages of the wicked to sin.

Proverbs 13:11:
Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase.

Proverbs 14:23:
In all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads only to poverty.

Proverbs 21:25:
The desire of the lazy man kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.

Ecclesiastes 2:24:
Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God.

Ecclesiastes 3:13:
And also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor – it is the gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 4:9:
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.

Matthew 11:28-30:
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  

John 4:38:
“I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have not entered into their labors.”

First Corinthians 15:58:
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

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