Today is Labor Day, the first Monday in September, when we celebrate the American labor movement. Well, that is the history of Labor Day in the United States. In reality, it is little more than a three-day weekend for many. Labor Day was commemorated and established as an official holiday in 1886, under the presidency of Grover Cleveland. It was intended to pay tribute to the contributions of the American workers, who make this country the greatest country on earth.
It is my prayer that today you are able to rest from your labor, and as you do, that you will meditate upon the One who is laboring on your behalf even now.
Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.”
Think about that for a moment. The One who is unparalleled and unprecedented is unrelenting in His gracious work on your behalf. He blesses the weak and beautifies the meek, working everything for your eternal good. Nothing will stop Him or slow Him down in bringing you all the way home into glory, in His perfect time and in His righteous way. The great “I AM” is for you, with you, and in you.
WOW! Let that truth minister to your heart on this Labor Day!
God is not finished with you yet. So have patience in His process, not only with yourself, but with all others. We are all works in progress; the great good news in that is that “it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Philippians 2:13). No matter your age or station in life, no one has “arrived” on this side of the grave. Fruit may ripen and flowers may bloom, but God will not be finished with you until that moment that He has ordained, when you will be brought into glory on the other side of the grave.
So trust in the One who is growing you to maturity and be fully confident that even when you cannot trace Him in your life, He is still there, orchestrating every event that is ultimately working together for your good and His glory. Remember, His yoke is easy and His burden is light; regardless of whatever you are going through right now, He is going through it with you. His reign is as righteous as His rescue of you is relentless!
May you rest in Him on this Labor Day and respond to Him as He takes your mess and turns it into His masterpiece. And remember, He may not always give you what you want, but He will always give you what you need to work out your salvation, step by step, all the way to your eternal rest.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!