“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Thessalonians 1:3
Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians commended them for their endurance as the church faced persecution…their fruitful work…and for their faithfulness as they waited for Jesus’ return.
However, somewhere along the line the Thessalonians lost sight of the relationship between working and waiting.
By the time Paul wrote to the them again, they were no longer working for the Lord. They had become so fixated on the second coming of Christ that they were literally just sitting around waiting…so Paul felt the need to confront their laziness. (2 Thess. 3:11.)
We also often pray and then sit around and wait as if waiting and working are unrelated.
We sometimes mistakenly think that to continue working after praying is to show a lack of faith. But Paul says, “…respect those who work hard among you…and…warn those who are idle” (1 Thess. 5:12, 14).
To keep going while we wait on God is not faithlessness…it is a show of confidence that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion” (Philippians 1:6)
Dear God, please keep my heart and my hands busy doing Your work as I wait for You. While I wait Lord, please give purpose to my working. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.