First Week of Work

Everyone is friendly and you are welcomed and appreciated

Micah 4:1-13

Reference: “He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” ‭‭Micah‬ ‭4:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I love starting a new job for the first week. You arrive on the high of making such a big decision and go in with rose coloured glasses.

Everyone is friendly and you are welcomed and appreciated like all the other people in their first week. This new job seems ideal and surely there’s nothing imperfect about it.

But soon enough, as in every job, there are cracks. And they soon begin to reveal themselves.

Difficult personalities, challenging processes, hurtful histories. Whatever it may be, the gloss soon starts to fade and the reality of the job becomes evident.

Application: I have loved all my jobs for different reasons but there have always been challenges in every one of them. That’s because they’ve all been here on earth and working with humans.

But God paints us a picture of what true harmony looks like in Micah 4. People transforming their weapons of war for tools of production.

We may not ever see such harmony across our world, or even in our own lives, in our lifetime, but we know there is a place of peace we are all invited to share.

Let’s live our lives in such a way that people get a glimpse of this place of peace God holds for us. And live with the hope of that peace which will transcend our world.

Prayer: Lord, You understand the challenges of different relationships but You still strive for peace. May we take hold of Your mantle and live for peace too. Amen.

Where do you need an extra dose of God’s peace?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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