Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of The LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and “whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Brethren, this does not say some or most things may prosper. It teaches that ALL things shall prosper.
“God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?”
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
un-god’-li (rasha` (Psalms 1:1), “wicked,” beliya`al (2 Samuel 22:5), “worthless”; in the New Testament asebes (Romans 5:6), e.g. indicating that the persons so called are both irreverent and impious):
Trench says that the idea of active opposition to religion is involved in the word, that it is a deliberate withholding from God of His dues of prayer and of service; a standing, so to speak, in battle array against God and His claims to respect, reverence and obedience. Those whose sins are particularly aggravating and deserving of God’s wrath are the “ungodly.” And yet it is for such that Jesus Christ died. (Romans 5:6).
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For The LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Our Father in Heaven knows all things, Amen.
God has perfect knowledge of us, and all our thoughts and actions are open before him. It is more profitable to meditate on Divine truths, applying them to our own cases, and with hearts lifted to God in prayer, than with a curious or disputing frame of mind. That God knows all things, is omniscient; that he is every where, is omnipresent; are truths acknowledged by all, yet they are seldom rightly believed in by mankind. God takes strict notice of every step we take, every right
step and every by step. He knows what rule we walk by, what end we walk toward, what company we walk with. When I am withdrawn from all company, thou knowest what I have in my heart. There is not a vain word, not a good word, but thou knowest from what thought it came, and with what design it was uttered. Wherever we are, we are under the eye and hand of God. We cannot by searching find how God searches us out; nor do we know how we are known. Such thoughts should restrain us from sin.
I am moved to point out a ‘builder’, does he/she not know what their ‘creation’ is capable of?
Simply put: It can be argued that any job takes creativity, especially for problem solving. But there are certain careers in that are truly based on imagination and ingenuity.
This gives you pause:
The aseity of God means “God is so independent that he does not need us.” It is based on Acts 17:25, where it says that God “is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything” (NIV). This is often related to God’s self-existence and his self-sufficiency.
The eternity of God concerns his existence beyond time. Drawing on verses such as Psalm 90:2, Wayne Grudem states that, “God has no beginning, end, or succession of moments in his own being, and he sees all time equally vividly, yet God sees events in time and acts in time.” The expression “Alpha and Omega” also used as title of God in Book of Revelation. God’s eternity may be seen as an aspect of his infinity, discussed below.
The goodness of God means that “God is the final standard of good, and all that God is and does is worthy of approval.” Romans 11:22 in the King James Version says “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God”. Many theologians consider the goodness of God as an overarching attribute – Louis Berkhof, for example, sees it as including kindness, love, grace, mercy and longsuffering. The idea that God is “all good” is called his omnibenevolence.
The graciousness of God is a key tenet of Christianity. In Exodus 34:5-6, it is part of the Name of God, “Yahweh, Yahweh, the compassionate and gracious God”. The descriptive of God in this text is, in Jewish tradition, called the “Thirteen Attributes of Mercy”.
The word “gracious” is not used often in the New Testament to describe God, although the noun “grace” is used more than 100 times. 1 Peter 2:2-3in the King James Version says “the Lord is gracious”, but the New International Version has “the Lord is good”.
The holiness of God is that he is separate from sin and incorruptible. Noting the refrain of “Holy, holy, holy” in Isaiah 6:3 and Revelation 4:8, R. C. Sproulpoints out that “only once in sacred Scripture is an attribute of God elevated to the third degree… The Bible never says that God is love, love, love.”
The immanence of God refers to him being in the world. It is thus contrasted with his transcendence, but Christian theologians usually emphasise that the two attributes are not contradictory. To hold to transcendence but not immanence is deism, while to hold to immanence but not transcendence is pantheism. According to Wayne Grudem, “the God of the Bible is no abstract deity removed from, and uninterested in his creation”. Grudem goes on to say that the whole Bible “is the story of God’s involvement with his creation”, but highlights verses such as Acts 17:28, “in him we live and move and have our being”.
Immutability means God cannot change. James 1:17 refers to the “Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (NIV). Herman Bavinck notes that although the Bible talks about God repenting, changing his purpose, and becoming angry, “Scripture testifies that in all these various relations and experiences God remains ever the same.” Millard Erickson calls this attribute God’s constancy, arguing that “some interpretations of the doctrine of divine constancy, expressed as immutability, have actually drawn heavily upon the Greek idea of immobility and sterility.”
The immutability of God is being increasingly criticized by advocates of open theism, which argues that God is open to influence through the prayers, decisions, and actions of people. Prominent adherents of open theism include Clark Pinnock, John E. Sanders and Gregory Boyd.
The doctrine of the impassibility of God is a controversial one. It is usually defined as the inability of God to suffer, while recognising that Jesus, who is believed to be God, suffered in his human nature. The Westminster Confession of Faithsays that God is “without body, parts, or passions”. Although some take this to mean that God is “without emotions whether of joy, sorrow, pain or grief”, most interpret this as meaning that God is free from all attitudes “which reflect instability or lack of control.” Robert Reymond says that “it should be understood to mean that God has no bodily passions such as hunger or the human drive for sexual fulfillment.”
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for The LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Amazing that this is translated more than one way. All with blessed interpretations:
“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (KJV)
“By”/”In”…. God’s glory is seen in Christ Jesus. God’s absolute Love for His Creation is such that He would do ANYTHING to restore His walk with Man.
He came to set things anew, Amen.
“Have you experienced God?”
God’s glory is not a perhaps, when you do; you know it! A brief walk down the path of knowledge shows God’s provision:
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for The Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. Amen
We can look back on history (God’s story) and realize what creativity takes! We are made in His likeness!
Amazing that I am led to share that. There is productivity by lying on your back – Michelanelo on painting the ceiling of the Sistine chapel:
The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art.
No one who sits around makes any progress! We are led to produce…
The Bible contains truth that applies to all of life and has a tremendous amount to say about how we live our lives and work our jobs.
The Bible’s view of work and productivity is vastly different from our culture’s view:
• Our culture says work is for self-fulfillment. The Bible says that work is about glorifying God (Colossians 3:17,23).
• Our culture says we should store up as much wealth as we can–the Bible says that we are to pursue eternal treasures rather than earthly ones (Matthew 6:19-20)
• Our culture thinks that worship is what Christians do for an hour each Sunday. The Bible says that we can do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and give thanks to God the Father through Him (Colossians 3).
You have the opportunity to worship God at work through your attitude, witness, work habits, and by what you produce. We need to be people who take our work seriously and seek to be as productive as possible for the glory of God.
Your work and productivity matter to God and are profoundly important in His eyes. This goes for every job you may have. If you’re mopping floors for a living, you are mopping floors for the glory of God. Working productively allows you to honor God by maximizing the use of your time and to do more good works for His glory. This is what Christian productivity is all about.
I like how Martin Luther King Jr. put it:
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
Below are several foundational truths in understanding what the Bible says about productivity. I pray that God uses it to mold your mind and heart to be more productive in whatever you do for His glory.
How to Be Productive According to the Bible
Recognize that God created you to be productive.
“And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the Earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the Earth.”” Genesis 1:28
Know that Jesus requires a return on your life.
The Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30
tells us that Jesus wants us to make the best use of our time for His sake.
‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ Matthew 25:24
Seek after living productively, it is important to God.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17
“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
Acting in God’s power, work for the peace and prosperity of all.
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Recognize that doing good works is how God describes being productive.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Work your hardest in all you do for God’s glory. You will be rewarded.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving The Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Make Loving God and Loving others a motivating factor in all you do, including work.
“You shall Love The Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall Love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
Seek to be as wise and effective you can be at what God has called you to.
“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.” Proverbs 6:6-8
Fight laziness. It only makes life harder for others and is inherently destructive.
“Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.” Proverbs 18:9
Seek a deeper understanding of God’s grace to us in Christ, because it cultivates productivity.
“But when the goodness and lovingkindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.” Titus 3:4-8
Continually renew your mind to help you follow God’s will for what you should accomplish.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
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Many of these ideas and Bible verses about productivity are gleaned from the book What’s Best Next