This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. (Isaiah 30:15 NIV)
Our nation was built on the value of hard work. I was raised with this value, which was passed down from my father who received it from his father and so on. But, as often is the case with Kingdom thinking, it is backwards to the way God teaches us. The way we make a living for our families is different than the way we make a life in God.
Life in Christ is found through repentance, rest, quietness and trust. Because our culture pushes us to believe that the way to make a life is through toil and striving, we often approach our spiritual life the same way.
The question that is stuck in my head is can we make a life for our families the same way we make a life in God? Imagine a work environment where they value rest over sweat or quietness over diligence. It doesn’t make any sense. You would be out of a job very quickly. So, for now, I find myself living a dichotomous life, where in one part of my life I toil and strive and in the other I am restful and trusting.
Until we figure this relationship out, the key is to not allow the work environment to dictate your spiritual environment.