November 10, 2012
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1
Nowadays there are all kinds of talk about unemployment.
It wasn't much different in 1932, especially in South Dakota. There wasn't much money; the grasshoppers ate anything that was green. Then there were the dust storms, a long drought, weeks with temperatures over 100 degrees.
Swimming in a sea of sadness it appeared that Ted and Dorothy Hustead's drugstore was going to close, and they would be unemployed. They took the matter to the Lord in prayer and then decided they would do something, even if there were no guarantees.
To get people into their drugstore they put up signs, 25 miles away, in all directions, they put up signs that said, "Free Ice Water at the Wall Drug Store, Wall, S.D." At the ten- and five-mile mark they set up signs that said, "Hold on! It's Only 5 Miles to the Wall Drug Store and Free Ice Water." Then they started to put up signs wherever they could.
Today it is not unusual for 20,000 people to crowd into the drugstore. This in a town of 800 people. Quite a success story for people who didn't want to be unemployed.
As you look through Scripture, you will find people who are just the opposite: they like unemployment, and they don't want to have a job. Moses was such a person. He had all kinds of reasons why the Lord shouldn't use him to be the leader of the exodus. When God gave Jonah a job, he ran the other direction. Even Peter the apostle had moments when he felt God was asking him to do things against his conscience.
You will note that these individuals, in spite of their initial objections, did as the Lord asked and the Holy Spirit gave success to His designated work.
That's often the way it works.
We may not feel like we're the right person to do the job; we may think God is mistaken in picking us; we may think there are 100 others who are better qualified. All our excuses God brushes away and says, "I've got a job for you to do."
That's what He said to His Son centuries ago, and although the job was distasteful and would lead to His death, Jesus embraced the work He had been given.
Now, we who have been saved have the chance to say, "Thank You, Lord," by working at the task God has given to us.
Why? Because God dislikes unemployment more than you do.
THE PRAYER: Lord God, there are some people who think they have good reasons for not doing any thank-you work for the Lord. Please change their minds, and let them know You want them employed in the service of the Savior. I ask this in the Name of Jesus who gave Himself completely to win humanity's salvation. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries