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July 2014 Issue

Work and the Word: A Biblical Survey of Labor


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July 2014 Issue

Work and the Word: A Biblical Survey of Labor

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A recently released online shapshot survey by a staffing firm underlines job dissatisfaction among American workers. Nearly two thirds of respondents said they were not happy at work. Of course, today’s high unemployment, financial markets’ upheaval, and slow job growth contribute to workplace unhappiness, but this feeling of “doom and gloom” over our everyday toil is found as far back as Ecclesiastes. The first chapter declares that “everything is meaningless” and “what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” And then the book asks a rhetorical question: “What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?” (Eccl. 1:3).

In this month’s Today in the Word, we’ll conduct our own survey, but ours will be the survey of God’s Word. We’ll look at what the Bible says about God’s work and our work, about wealth and the kingdom of God, and a godly ethic of work and rest. We’ll walk the path of Ecclesiastes, from everything-is-meaningless worldview in chapter 1 to acknowledging the sovereignty of God in chapter 3 (this issue’s cover verse): “That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God” (Eccl. 3:13).

Thank you for supporting Today in the Word and for sharing the fruits of your labor with this ministry and other ministries of Moody! We hope this study of God’s Word will help you delight in the Lord in all seasons of your spiritual journey and find contentment in Him in every area of your life.

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Executive Editor: Paul B. Currie; Managing Editor: Heather Moffitt; Associate Editor: Elena Mafter; Contributing Editors: John Koessler, Jamie Janosz; Writer: Lisa Ann Cockrel