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Pray by Day
Bite-sized reflections from Pray by Day

Author: Rosemary Thornton, a member of Word of Life, a community of disciples on mission in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In the book of Proverbs, Solomon writes, “Wealth gotten hastily will dwindle, but he who gathers little by little increases it.” (Proverbs 13:11)

For some of us, reading this passage brings the financial expert Dave Ramsey immediately to mind, and handling our money responsibly is very important. But this passage could be pointing to a greater reality, “slow and steady wins the race”. Like the hare in the race versus the tortoise, sometimes we are tempted to get rich quick, and our career/work is just our means to get there. But we can miss something important if we view it that way only. God places us in our work for more than just to provide for us, more than just a means to gain wealth. He wants to use us as a beacon and light in that situation. There are people that you work with, come into encounter with, that He loves deeply. You are His instrument for Him to reach them. If we focus on gaining wealth quickly and seeing our job as the means for this, we can miss the deeper realities of our work: Being used as instruments of His truth and life for the people around us.

Ask yourself today, who at work does God wants to reach through me?



Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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