The country music band, Alabama, had it right way back in 1992 when they released the song “I’m in a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why).” They diagnosed an idolatrous problem in are society 25 years ago and it’s the worship of a god called work. Work is not just what you do to receive an income; work is everything you do that keeps you busy. And, it is very easy for work to replace God as the most important thing in our lives. So, today let us consider how work becomes something that we worship, and, more importantly, how we topple the idol of work.
5 Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. 6 You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.
7 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. 8 Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the Lord. 9 You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? declares the Lord of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house.”
– Haggai 1:5-9