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9/6/10 at 01:31 PM 0 Comments

Workplace Revival and Labor Day - Nebuchadnezzar's Repentance

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Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of America. Even in the worst recession there are blessings worth counting and thanking God for.

“In light of huge layoffs and mass job uncertainty, the coddled millennials have become aware that success—and having a job period, for that matter—is not something you're entitled to, but something that requires discipline, hard work, and even (occasionally) doing stuff the boss tells you to do. As the LA Times reports: Stunned by a barrage of pink slips instead of promotions, Generation Y — people ages 18 to 30 — has swallowed a piece of humble pie. Those who still have jobs are adopting new workplace attitudes and making themselves more valuable...” Time

Nebuchadnezzar II  was a King who never once had the pie of humility served in his sumptuous palace menu. Daniel chapter 4 narrates another of Nebuchadnezzar's dreams, this time of an immense tree, which Daniel interprets. While boasting - as usual - over his achievements, Nebuchadnezzar is humbled by God. The king loses his sanity and lives in the wild for seven years. After this, his sanity and position are restored and he praises and honours God.

Daniel Interprets Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

Daniel 4[19] Then Daniel (also called Belteshazzar) was greatly perplexed for a time, and his thoughts terrified him. So the king said, “Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its meaning alarm you.” Belteshazzar answered, “My lord, if only the dream applied to your enemies and its meaning to your adversaries! [20] The tree you saw, which grew large and strong, with its top touching the sky, visible to the whole earth, [21] with beautiful leaves and abundant fruit, providing food for all, giving shelter to the beasts of the field, and having nesting places in its branches for the birds of the air — [22] you, O king, are that tree! You have become great and strong; your greatness has grown until it reaches the sky, and your dominion extends to distant parts of the earth. [23] “You, O king, saw a messenger, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, ‘Cut down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump, bound with iron and bronze, in the grass of the field, while its roots remain in the ground. Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven; let him live like the wild animals, until seven times pass by for him.’

[24] “This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree the Most High has issued against my lord the king: [25] You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes. [26] The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules. [27] Therefore, O king, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue. ” NIV

Nebuchadnezzar ignored warnings to repent...instead finds himself descending into incoherence and cut off from the provisions of the palace for seven years. Solo Scriptura declares the Bible is authoritative, complete and true. Asserting boastfully and confidently that the “Bread of Heaven” is too deficient to rule our thoughts - is accepting the nature of a wild herbivore feeding eventually on ideas suited specifically for less discerning beasts – preferring to be devoured by cravings that transform the once glorious to pathetic sights.

So what does the word of God say about work?

2Thessalonians 3[10] For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

Ephesians 4 [28] Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Ephesians 6 [5] Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; [6] Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; [7] With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

Wikipedia puts it plainly “Work ethic is a set of values based on hard work and diligence. It is also a belief in the moral benefit of work and its ability to enhance character. Work ethic may include being reliable, having initiative, or maintaining social skills. Workers exhibiting a good work ethic in theory (and ideally in practice) should be selected for better positions, more responsibility and ultimately promotion. Workers who fail to exhibit a good work ethic may be regarded as failing to provide fair value for the wage the employer is paying them and should not be promoted or placed in positions of greater responsibility.”

The Bible reiterates that renouncing and repenting from our wrongs can bring back the glory we once had. Embracing biblical perspectives on work ethic may well be an obvious place to start as I seek restoration ... acknowledging on my bended knees that “God rules”.

Proverbs 6 [6] Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: [7] Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, [8] Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. [9] How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? [10] Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: [11] So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

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