Deuteronomy 8:1-18 He humbled you and allowed you to be hungry and fed you with manna, [a substance] which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, so that He might make you understand [by personal experience] that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord… lest your heart will become lifted up [by self-conceit and arrogance] and you will forget the Lord your God… “He fed you manna in the wilderness…so that He might humble you [by dependence on Him] and that He might test you, to do good [things] for you at the end. Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’ But you shall remember [with profound respect] the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you the power to make wealth.
The Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land after many years in the wilderness. Before they began the process, Moses had to prepare them for the new kind of life they would be living. They knew how to live as slaves. In the wilderness, they had learnt to live dependent on the Father. However, Canaan was going to offer a new challenge. In his speech, Moses revealed some spiritual truths about work to them. He reminded them that the Father had taken care of them in the wilderness, without their input. Thus, they should know that working in the Promised Land is not about survival or personal growth. He wanted them to know that our Father had other plans for making them work. God could have easily continued to rain manna and quails for their sustenance. God was not tired of making the cloud of Glory their shelter. He still knew how to prevent their clothing from getting old/worn-out. When Adam started work, he was to work in an already created garden. Also, when the Israelites were to start working (after their wilderness experience), they were to work in an already blessed and prepared land. Just like Adam, the Israelites were to tend to and keep a gift from God.
We work to sustain what the Father has already provided/made. Working is about taking care of our Father’s creations. We work to continue our His works. Recall that we are an extension of our Father. Hence, we work in His stead.
All good and perfect gift are from our Father, and He releases some of these gifts through men or new creatures. The cars, air conditioning units, clothing, shoes, the internet, etc. are all gifts from our Father for our comfort and the furtherance of the gospel. The mechanic must work with the understanding that he is offering a service that is an expression /continuance of the Father’s provident care for the inhabitants of the earth. The lecturer must teach with the mindset that, as His representative, she is the raising and training of the next generation. Work is about offering service and by so doing, being part of the Father’s solution to the challenges on the earth.
Psalm 115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are theLord's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
Matthew 5: 13 You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste (purpose), how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people