Proverbs 10:22 AMPC, “The blessing of the Lord—it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it].” And in the NIV translation: “The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it.”
I’ve been meditating on this scripture for days, and the more I do the more receptive I am to the blessing of the Lord on our lives and in our business.
To toil means to work extremely hard or incessantly, to grind away, work one’s fingers to the bone, put one’s nose to the grindstone, work one’s butt off, sweat blood; literally to travail. An exhausting life of toil, hard work, drudgery, ‘blood, sweat and tears’.
There’s a difference between fulfilling, productive work and an exhausting work-life of drudgery.
Jesus had something to say to the fisherman, Simon Peter, after a long night of fishing and catching nothing.
Luke 5:3-5 NKJV: Then He [Jesus] got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net. And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.”
I wonder what Jesus was teaching that day from Simon’s boat? I wonder if it was about a new way of doing business that would bless the believer with success beyond his or her natural ability.
Notice that Simon Peter had toiled all night to make a living and work his business to no avail. But when Jesus told him to try again but this time with the power of trust in his Word it made all the difference for Simon Peter and his business partners. I bet the adrenaline rush of catching a net-breaking, boat-sinking haul quickly replaced the drudgery he felt about going out to fish the next night. I even expect that it forever changed the way he approached his business.
Today, let’s seek to hear what the Lord is saying to us about our business and act with trust, fully confident that the blessing of the Lord makes us truly rich without painful toil.