Ancient Wisdom about Hard Work



We welcome Rich Howard from, a site dedicated to bringing a free version of the Bible created specifically for users with vision disabilities. Rich shares verses on the topic of hard work, which may be timely if you are feeling some distraction or lack of motivation right now.  I’ve also added a few thoughts. Thanks Rich!

Sometimes you may lack the motivation to work hard or you may simply get discouraged about giving your best at whatever it is that you are doing. Below are five verses to give you the motivation you need to keep moving forward, even if it is the last thing you want to do.

Ecclesiastes 9: 9 – 10 Work with all your might

This verse encourages you that whatever it is you lay your hands on, do it with all your might. Don’t do it for the sake of earning an income or pleasing the employer, but know that it is a God given opportunity and if you give it your best, the Lord shall surely bless the work of your hands and use you to bless others.

Colossians 3: 23 – 24 Work as if you are working for the Lord

From this verse, we learn that in whatever you do, you should do it as if you are doing it unto the Lord and not to men. This should help you remember that God is your ultimate boss, and Provider. You do not need to just focus on the monetary rewards from the employer.

Proverbs 12: 11 No quick way to riches

This verse teaches that those who work hard will have plenty of bread, but those who follow worthless pursuits lack sense. In essence, if you want to be rich (which can be defined in lots of ways), then you must work for it and if you waste your time, then you will have nothing to show for it.

Genesis 2:15 Work is a divine institution

At the beginning of it all, God created man and placed him in the Garden of Eden so that he can work it and keep it. From this verse we see that work is essentially a divine institution and wherever God places your or whichever job He gives you, you should strive to “work it and keep it.”  Do your best.

2 Thessalonians 3: 10 – 12 No work, no food.

This verse places a heavy emphasis on the concept of earning your keep with the abilities that you have, and is worded in a way to take in consideration a person’s willingness to work. It’s understood that not everyone may have the physical ability to work at the same level as someone else, and God cares about our helping the poor.  However, an attitude of willingness to be productive in whatever way reasonable is a key character trait.

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