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Work/Works – Day 21
David made the Ammonites work for him, in fact these verses let us know that it was hard labour. Many christians work too much because they have been led to think we must work for Jesus. All He asks of us is to Love Him and do what He says.
2 Samuel 12:30-31
David took a great quantity of plunder from the city and brought out the people who were there, consigning them to labour with saws and with iron picks and axes, and he made them work at brick-making. David did this to all the Ammonite towns. Then he and his entire army returned to Jerusalem.
In these verses we have an example of making other people work for God’s chosen people. In fact it was one of David’s right hand men that won the main battle, but he was loyal to David and wanted to let him have the glory. That is dedication!
David made the Ammonites work for him, in fact these verses let us know that it was hard labour. Sadly there are still people in our world today who suffer from hard labour.
But spiritually what do these verses say to us?
Which king are you working for today? A good one or a bad one? Do you feel constantly as though you need to do more? Is there a voice telling you that you don’t do enough? For others? For Jesus? For His church? That is what happened to the Israelites when they were slaves in Egypt! They were never producing enough.
Some of us hear that same demonic voice telling us we don’t do enough for The Lord.
Many christians are working too much because they have been led to think that we must work for Jesus. All He asks of us is to Love Him and do what He says. Remember Peter after Jesus had risen (John 21:15-17).
Ask yourself today if you are feeling that you don’t do enough for Jesus. Pray for peace.
Pray for those who suffer from hard labour, in poorer parts of the world where many children are subjected to slavery. Pray for freedom for them.
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