We just celebrated Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. But is work
a blessing or a curse? In Genesis 3:19, we find God cursing Adam to a life of
toil as punishment for eating the forbidden fruit. "In the sweat of thy face
shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou
taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."
So it would seem that God views work as punishment. Before the fall, Adam and
Eve were God's pets. They had everything they needed and did not have to lift a
finger. Now they would have to work for a living. The horror! The horror!
But was it really a punishment? Adam and Eve were God's children, as we all are.
The main wish of any parent is for their children to grow up. Babies are cute
and cuddly but a twenty-year-old baby is a tragedy. If Adam and Eve had remained
in the garden, they would have had no incentive to grow. They would never have
built a home or raised a crop. They would still be nothing but God's pets. So
God wanted His children to grow into what He wanted us to become. In order for
that to happen, He had to kick them out of the house. As a result of the "sin"
of Adam and Eve, we now have machines to help us work more efficiently. We can
communicate instantly with anybody in the world and have access to more
information than at any time in our history. We are exploring the universe and
learning more about the wonder of God's creation every day.
Of course, we have also developed more efficient ways to kill and exploit each
other. Nobody ever said growth was easy. Any parent can vouch for this. In the
course of becoming what God wants us to become, we make some monumental
mistakes. But hopefully, we learn from them and continue to improve.
Personally, I can't wait to see what we will be when we grow up.