At the beginning of human history in the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve were in harmony with God and his creations. Their work in the Garden was stress-free and productive. In fact, God declared in Genesis 1:31 that all of creation, including the realm of human work, was “very good.”
Sin is the problem.
But sin entered the Garden in Genesis 3, and as a result, the dynamics of work changed forever. God’s response to mankind’s sin is revealed in Genesis 3:17-19 which declares:
“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food.”
The post-Eden, work-related effects of original sin; e.g., “Cursed is the ground … painful toil … thorns and thistles … sweat of your brow,” are still active today. Frustration, stress, and difficulty are frequent realities for every person who works at a job or owns a business. Your on-the-job trials are the contemporary manifestations of the “painful toil … thorns and thistles … sweat” declared in Genesis 3.
Sin is why jobs are stressful, why organizations falter, and why people experience conflict.
Jesus Christ is the solution.
Sin is the problem and Jesus Christ is the only solution. Jesus’ work at Calvary made the way for your redemption and freedom from sin’s penalty and power. Salvation through Christ changes every area of life for the better, and this includes your work.
For example, Romans 8:28 promises: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
This verse is God’s guarantee that he can bring “good” out of “all things,” which includes every trial we will ever experience.
God is always for you and never against you. His ways are other worldly and supernatural. As a Christian experiencing stress in the workplace, you have divine resources the world does not offer.
Finally, Romans 8:35 and 37 declare: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
The “we” in Romans 8:37 are Christians and “we are more than conquerors” because of Jesus’ work in our lives.
God is always for you and never against you.