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Biblical vocabulary: the word מְנוּחָה (rest)

What if I’m being exploited or my work is not valued?

“For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.” (Hebrews 6:10)

Not all work is prestigious or glamorous. Some work is looked down upon, or hardly noticed by others. It’s tough if we work hard, but never get any credits — maybe we are even despised for the ‘inferior’ work we do! Or if, for whatever reason, we don’t have a job that gives us status, we might be overlooked by people around us.

Joseph found himself in such a situation. He was sold by his own brothers, deported to a foreign country, and became a household slave. He worked hard, but was falsely accused by his master’s wife and ended up in prison. He appeared to be dismissed and forgotten. His hard work was not appreciated at all.

And yet, we read how “the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love”. Apparently, his difficult circumstances did not mean that God had left him alone. Others may not notice our efforts, but God does. He is with us and shows us his steadfast love, even when we are despised or exploited.

What does it means to you that God does not overlook your work?

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Grietje Commelin

Grietje Commelin

Grietje studied theology and mastered in Bible Translation. Next to being a mother, she supports GlobalRize by writing bible reflections and other content for GlobalRize.

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