Few matters get as much attention nationally as the economy. The current financial situation in many homes is a very hot issue. Our Creator knows we have to eat, that we need clothing and shelter, that we have children and the elderly to care for, that societies need taxes from their citizens to provide services we can’t provide for ourselves.
The satisfaction of all these needs requires work. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had to maintain it. When they were cast out, their workload increased exponentially. Farming and husbandry was the new norm outside Eden, now beset with weeds, pests, and drought. The 4th of the 10 Commandments requires man to work six days a week. St. Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 3:10: “When we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat.”
God has given each of us gifts by which we may earn money for necessities. None of us should be a burden on the economy because we prefer not to work. Some are unable to work. God’s grace to them comes through those who can work. He rewards us for caring for them. But he does not intend for us to shoulder burdens unfairly. “Each of us must bear his own burden.” (Galatians 6:5)
Now, an important question for all Christians: What if we want to work, but cannot find a job in this pandemic? Of course, God knows and cares. He does send drought, famine, and pestilence as judgments on wicked nations who forsake him. Some suffering is necessary to turn nations back to him. But for those who serve God, who live by faith, he promises provision for needs: King David
wrote, “Neither in my youth nor now in old age have I seen the righteous one abandoned or his offspring begging for bread.” (Psalm 37:25)
Be willing to work. Do what he gives you with thanks. Walk with him. Trust in his provision and be in peace. He will not fail you. These days will pass. We’ll look back on his loving care.
John Pisula, Grand Knight: [email protected]
Joe Cox, Council Lecturer: [email protected]