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Do God helps those who work smart or work hard?


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People talk quite a lot about 'smart work' today and I remember that when I was a teacher, which demanded very hard work, the slogan we were taught was 'Don't work harder, work smarter.' It meant that we should decide what was really important to do and focus on that, while finding ways to do the rest of our work quickly. If you are really loaded with work and are sensible enough to know what is most important, then that can help. However, what many people mean by 'work smarter' is 'Only do what the boss will see you doing' or 'Only do what will benefit you'.   

The Bible has quite a lot to say about work, but it does not talk about working 'smarter'. Instead, it says,

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. (Colossians 3:23)

It does have things to say about wisdom, though.

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. (Psalm 19:7)

If we want to be smart (wise) workers, we will take the Bible as our guide.

Your question was whether the Lord blesses hard workers or smart workers. The answer is that He blesses those who obey His word. 

Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. (Proverbs 16:20)

As that Bible verse says, the way to enter God's blessing is to be a person of faith. This means that we have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord, our true boss, and as our Saviour from sin and hell. When we give our lives to Him He comes into our inner being and stays with us forever.

Jesus says to us,

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me". (Revelation 3:20)

We then live our lives by faith, trusting Him and His word. In the book of Genesis, Abraham did this and was blessed by God. (Genesis 15:6)

"Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"—and he was called a friend of God. (James 2:23)

We, too, are blessed by God, despite all our weaknesses and mistakes, because we believe and trust Him.

Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham...So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. (Galatians 3:7,9).

I hope that you are such a person of faith. If you would like to know more about what Christ has done for you, there is a link later in this answer that will take you to a video explaining more about this.

In summary, one sign that we really are people of faith in Christ is that we learn what His word, the Bible, says and obey it. So faith and obedience go hand-in-hand. Christians should work hard.

Here are some more Bible Verses for you to consider.

  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)
  • Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. (Philippians 1:27)
  • Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. (Colossians 3:22)

I hope this answer helps you to find peace with God through Jesus Christ. Remember, if you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you then you can watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video

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