The Daily Grind
And the taskmasters hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw. ~Exodus 5:13
Pharaoh told the Hebrews that they needed to do their daily tasks, or what we would call “the daily grind.” Like it or not, the daily grind is what we must do each day in order to be productive. There are things that we must accomplish that are essential for our employment, school, and church. Even more essential are the daily things we must do for a strong spiritual life.
We must be daily in the getting of wisdom.
“Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors” (Proverbs 8:34). There is happiness for the man who is daily in the Word of God, feeding his soul and adding needed wisdom to his life. We must be growing in wisdom daily. Wisdom is problem-solving. Wisdom is having foresight. Wisdom is being discerning in our thoughts. Wisdom is making the best decisions and the right decisions. Wisdom is learning from our experiences. Wisdom is knowing God. We are to walk in wisdom to them that are without. We are to let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly in all wisdom.
We must be daily in our words.
“Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee” (Psalm 88:9). This is speaking of prayer. During a time of great affliction, the psalmist committed himself to daily prayer until the trial was over. However, we should give ourselves to daily prayer whether we are in a trial or not. Our attitude should be that we will pray as if we are in a trial, or God might send us a trial to get us to pray. Praying without ceasing is praying daily and continuously.
We must be daily in our work.
“Fulfil your works, your daily tasks.” Each day of our life should consist of a list of things to do. We should be industrious and productive. First, our daily tasks should involve people we can serve and help. Second, our daily tasks should entail serving our family. Third, our daily tasks should entail being responsible and not always being last-minute in things that require our attention, such as paying the bills, cleaning the house, medical appointments, etc.
We must be daily in our withering.
“I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31). In order to be victorious over our flesh, we must die to self daily. Dying to self means that we are crucifying the flesh and its lusts. The old nature must be nailed to the cross and must not be allowed to take control of our life and day. Dying to self is needed for overcoming pride, conceitedness, selfishness, worry, anger, and jealousy.
We must be daily in our witness.
“And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ” (Acts 5:42). Witnessing is telling others about Jesus and trying to see them get saved. We must deliberately schedule time for giving out the gospel. We must plan to make visits to hot prospects whom we can win to Christ. We must look for nonscheduled opportunities to give out tracts and get in a gospel witness. The Bible says, “Daily… they ceased not….” That is convicting to read! Daily witnessing keeps our hearts on fire for souls! Daily witnessing inspires others to go with us. Daily witnessing is being obedient to the heavenly vision.
For the Christian, the daily grind is an opportunity to live for Jesus and experience His marvelous power in our life.
Have a productive God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Proverbs 10-12