Hello and welcome! This is the Geeks Under Grace daily devotional where we dive into the Bible everyday. We take devotionals from bible.com and read the verses, devotional, and give our own commentary. Sometimes we will have multiple writers, but most of the time it will be just me. I hope you enjoy and comment with your own commentary.
This devotional is titled “Good For Business: Devotions From A Time Of Grace”. It is only 5 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.”
Think back to some of the places where you have worked in your career. Isn’t it true that the jobs you liked the best had management that treated you fairly? How are you being treated in the job you have now? The Christian faith is good for business because it encourages bosses to care for their employees, not tyrannize them, manipulate them, take advantage of them, cheat them, put their health at risk, or lie to them.
God watches how employers treat their employees, and he rewards or withholds blessings depending on what he sees: “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. . . . You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty” (James 5:1-4).
Throughout human history the wealthy and powerful have often expanded their wealth and power at the expense of others lower in the food chain. Healthy companies have bosses who listen to what their employees tell them, show appreciation for hard work and improved skills, make employees feel valued and human, show flexibility in times of personal need or emergency, and do not chisel their workers out of their agreed-upon wages and benefits.
The last thing a business needs is to have the anger of the Lord God resting upon it.
There is nothing better, work wise, than having a job you enjoy. Many will interpret that to mean a job where the activity itself is enjoyable. However, every job can be improved simply by having a good boss(es). While simultaneously a job can be dragged down by having an incompetent leader. The actual job, at that point, almost does not matter. My current job has me split down the middle on my feelings towards it. Yet, I have found that when I have a bad leader that I will dread going to work. Thankfully, I currently have a good boss who is fair and treats everyone right. That same job is now perceived by me to be streets ahead (eat that up Community fans). One day I will be a boss/leader over others and I pray that I will be seen as a fair man who treats everyone equally.