Top 7 Bible Verses For Those Feeling Workplace Pressure

Top 7 Bible Verses For Those Feeling Workplace Pressure February 16, 2016

Here are seven Bible verses that I hope can help you endure the pressures of work.

Esther 4:14 “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

A close friend of mine who recently got demoted at work commented that he couldn’t understand why this happened to him since he’s never late, never misses work, and he’s always received high marks at his employee evaluations, so all I could think to tell him was that it may be for such a time and place as this that God has placed you for His purposes. It might be witnessing to a co-worker, it might be to encourage others, or to train those who he works with since he had a lot of experience in that department. Whatever reason it is, it will work out for his very best in the end (Rom 8:28).

First Corinthians 4:6-7 “That you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?”

Many of the believers in the Corinthian church were full of themselves and they boasted about their gifts, possessions, or status and the Apostle Paul didn’t like this at all so he asked them, “What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?” His point was they had nothing at all except that which had been given to them by God, so even if someone’s a CEO or supervisor, they cannot boast all things exist because of and come from God.

Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Solomon wrote something very similar, writing “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might” (Eccl 9:10) or give it all you’ve got since you’re really not working for the employer but for God as it all comes from God anyway (1st Cor 4:7). We are working for God and our inheritance isn’t determined by the HR department or the supervisor but by God and He Himself will reward you.

Whatever-you-do-work (2)

Second Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”

As we have read, work done for an employer or even being self-employed is being done for God and not for ourselves. Everything we do on this earth is either for ourselves or for God’s glory and our heavenly rewards are based upon that since “if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward” (1st Cor 3:12-14), however “If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire” (1st Cor 3:15).

Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

This verse says that whatever we go through in this life, God will use it for our good and that it doesn’t matter if it’s good things or bad. God uses everything in our life for our best and we must believe that. Since God can even use evil for good (Gen 50:20), trust Him, obey Him, and leave the results up to God.

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

Solomon is saying that by committing yourself to the Lord, God will establish the plans you have in your life for His purpose and for your good. It may not always look like it at first but time will tell. As long as we’re committed to God and doing things for His glory, God will establish what plans we have; just as long as it’s not all about us.

First Corinthians 10:31 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

When I met my wife, I was working as a janitor and she was a 4th grade school teacher and if there was a caste system in America, I would have been considered unclean to her, in a manner of speaking. What I mean is I didn’t feel worthy to even ask her for a date? What would the other teachers think of her if they discovered she was dating, not only a janitor, but the elementary school janitor? As long as I do it for God’s glory, eat, drink, work, or date, God will work things out for our best.

Conclusion

Work is not a dirty word because that was God’s command from the very beginning (Gen 2:15) as He said, “Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work” (Ex 20:9) so not only is a command to rest one day a week but we are to work six days. I am not saying that it’s sin if we only work five days; my point is, work is commanded by God and if someone doesn’t work, they shouldn’t eat (2nd Thess 3:10). This isn’t referring to those who are not able to work but for those who are able to work but choose not to. If a person chooses not to work, they’ll have a lot worse pressure than just dealing with work; they’ll have a struggle putting food in their mouth.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

"Again, don't see God winning. After 2,000 years, don't you think it is time that ..."

How God Limits Satan’s Power
""Be patient... for awhile?"Yeah sure, how long is awhile? And we humans don't live beyond ..."

How God Limits Satan’s Power
"Suuuuuuure you're not angry... lol. You're only "not angry" when someone points out that you're ..."

What Love Is Greater?
"i'm not angry - i just like to challenge the assertions of morons"

What Love Is Greater?

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!


TRENDING AT PATHEOS Evangelical
What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • pud

    “He said, “Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work”

    NO…”he” did not say anything…unnamed men wrote this story. You don’t even know who or when yet you assume like a credulous child. To “believe” that the creator of the universe is so concerned with how many days of the week you work is ABSURD!

    • Jack Wellman

      To believe a detractor (you, Mr. Ms, Mr.) over God would be the height of foolishness my friend (boy, girl, whatever you are).

      • pud

        But jack, you cannot even demonstrate that ANY “god” ever existed. You do not “believe” in a “god” you “believe” in a book. A book written by primitive barbaric superstitious unknown and unnamed men…is this not so?

        I’m not asking that you “believe” me…you should not “believe” anything! You should be striving to KNOW what is true and not “believe” anything. Knowing is a probability jack…no one knows anything 100% but we can know things with great degrees of certainty. You “Know” nothing of your cult faith with any certainty…0%…it is all just blind nonsensical faith…is it not?

        Listen to this Jack…Try to be rational when you do..It’s a great conversation

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tomaLdn11VY

        • Jack Wellman

          Which means, Pud says, “I cannot.”

          • Doug Barron

            Mmm hmmm…
            I’ve discovered that when you hit a link that a contrarian sends to a post; it ends up in a virus, or a worm, so I never open a sent such a link. A proper debater/skeptic will put their own knowledgable word out to be seen. By their own nomenclature!
            And I have discovered, as you have, that when a person resorts to forwarding an unsolicited link, they have lost the debate, and they are merely deflecting, hoping to confuse the clarity of the debate with extraneous information that they did not want to extract and disseminate themselves.

          • Doug Barron

            And you are correct; PUD cannot!

        • Doug Barron

          To what “degree” of certianty are you waking up tomorrow? 100%? 70%? In reality 0. You can’t forsee.
          Go ahead, predict.
          This conversation breaks my heart. Someone’s got to love you. Life passes so easily, so quickly.
          Nice to see ya..sucks to be ya…now your pavement. Bye.
          Do your “laws”of probability guarantee that you should be ready to die before you go to bed? Or you relying on something else?
          Hey! Good “luck”!
          Do you “know” your’e waking up in the morning? If you can “know” what tommorow has brung, (I’m a redneck, I like “brung”) Enehoo,
          I like your 100% probabilities!
          I have one!
          Be consistent when your’e insistent. Remember our debate subject: “what”, my sweet PUDDY!
          Love ya!

        • Caspianstrider

          Hi Pud,

          I like and appreciate the fact that you stop your statements with questions. Life is not certain and yes there are no real hard evidence for what I as a Christian believe and will give my life for ,however, for me it is the ultimate reality.

          Do you really think I only believe in a book – if you do let me enlighten you. I believe in a living God who created everything and is a very real and wonderful part of my life (and of the world). I learn about Him in the Bible but I experience His reality and power in my life on a daily basis. I came from a background where I understood the book and would have called myself a Christian (which in hindsight I now know was false). It was only when I “met” the real, living King of the universe (Jesus) that my life was changed. The truth which is contained in the Bible was part of the process but the reality was so much more than mere words.

          Both Atheists and Christians face the daunting question of “Where did everything come from?”. Christians can answer in faith that we do not know but believe that God has always been there and that he created everything. For an atheist to say that they do not know but that the universe was created out of nothing by nothing sounds a bit empty. I will say that this is faith in the great nothing…is it not?

          • pud

            Sounds like an admission of insanity. A lot of muslims with suicide vests feel the same as you.

            What’s the difference between “reality” and “ultimate reality”?

            You “believe” in a book. All your information, your entire world view comes from the book. You didn’t arrive at anything by your own inquiry or any rational critical thought. You make all these absurd “claims” ONLY because the book says so. You can show NONE of them to be truthful. You only “believe”

            No atheist says “everything came from nothing”…why do you christian cult people lie so easily? The ONLY people claiming something came from nothing is YOU! That an invisible genie using magical incantations spoke everything into existence from NOTHING!

          • Caspianstrider

            Wow – in one post you called me insane, narrow minded, absurd, part of a cult, a liar. You clearly have serious unmanaged emotions towards Christians.
            I am at peace Pud – the type of peace which transcends understanding – in any case this will be my last answer to you. You are rude and clearly not at peace.

            By the way – no muslim with a suicide vest has any real peace in their hearts. I think you have more in common with them than you might want to know. It might not be clear to you but it is crystal clear to me. The next thing you might say is let’s kill all the Christians. You are not very far from this very dark place.

            Good bye Pud – may God bless you!

            “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
            Words of Jesus

          • pud

            Anyone willing to throw away his life on the false principles of a religious cult IS insane.

            Vegetables are at peace too

            PS…”jesus” never said anything. Men wrote a story book saying that he said this or that. Get that straight.

    • Doug Barron

      Hey, PUDDY,
      Isn’t your retort about “un-named men” disingenuous, as you are hiding behind a cloak of un-namedness, while you take cheap pot shots at others (your aim needs work), while so many REAL skeptics engage in real and honest debate.
      But any way, your posts are amusing!
      I wish we could have real debate, but it seems that you wish not to debate, but just throw dirt clods. Ok..Whatever..
      PUDDY, I do love you. Wish I could help you more.

      • pud

        Cannot debate you because you are irrational. I think you are mentally ill.

        But if you would like to try then go ahead and start a debate…one singular topic at a time

        I won’t feel bad beating a mental cripple just so you know

        • Doug Barron

          OK….
          I’m yer Huckleberry!
          Here’s your single topic:
          What.

        • Doug Barron

          PUDDY! Hey!
          I just can’t feel bad about engaging you..you can’t even engage the debate with the simple question of; what. What on earth am I going to do with you?
          Just keep loving you, I guess! 🙂