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Promises from God's Word
for the Workplace

For many us the workplace presents numerous challenges to our Christian walk.  Unreasonable,
demanding bosses and hostile coworkers can make working an extremely unpleasant experience.
As a result, we sometimes question God. If He truly can supply all our need why must we work or
why can’t He make our workplace utopia?   

However the scriptures clearly convey that God’s people are not exempt from working.  Gen. 2:15
tells us, “then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.”  
Although God had perfectly prepared it as man’s home, he charged Adam to take care of it.  Prov.
14:23 tells us that we profit from working whereas merely talking results in poverty.  Although Paul
could have legitimately lived off of others during his missionary journeys he chose to work to keep
from being a burden on the people (2 Thes. 3:8).  He told the members of the church in
Thessalonica, “…if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either (2 Thes. 3:10). Paul
chose to forgo the right to receive physical help for spiritual ministry in order to teach the
importance of self-sacrifice and industry. Paul wanted to make the point that Christians generally
should not expect other people to take care of them but should support themselves to the extent

In addition to emphasizing the need for Christians to work, Paul provided the church with
instructions for doing so even when working conditions are not ideal. In Col. 3:23-25 he made it
clear that even the most detestable work should be performed as unto the Lord. He stressed that
working with an awareness of God’s character and presence enhances the dignity of any labor,
even that of slaves. Further, Paul admonished them to obey those in supervision with a sincere
desire to honor the Lord through their work conduct.

Now if your work experience is like mine, there are times when it is difficult to follow Paul’s guidance.
However, I have found that meditating on affirmations from God’s word during times of workplace
distress has helped me to work unto the Lord despite negative circumstances. For this lesson I am
sharing with you the following scriptures that I draw strength from when I need reassurance that
God is with me during my workplace trials.

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the
Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance.  It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Colossians 3:23-24

For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to
give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6

Be strong and courageous… for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor
forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry.
Psalm 34:15

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:8-9

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in
advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10

If this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous
for the Day of Judgment.
2 Peter 2:9

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault,
and it will be given to him.
James 1:5

Therefore, I say unto you, what things so ever ye desire, when ye pray believe that ye receive them,
and ye shall have them.
Mark 11:24

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee
in judgment thou shalt condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their
righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
Isaiah 54:17

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as
eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Colossians 3:17

Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?
1 Peter 3:13

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Isaiah 40:29

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the
called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

If God be for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:31

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that
you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh
and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness,
against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:10-12

Before going to his execution Jesus talked with the disciples about how they should handle distress
and pressure. He said "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the
world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33).  I
pray that these scriptures of promise enable you to experience peace in your workplace!
I would love to hear from you if these scriptures ministered to your need!  Please feel free to send me your comments,
questions or suggestion for future lessons.  
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