And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. (22) They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. (23) They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. (24) And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.Isaiah 65:21-24
God’s future plans for us include so much joy, as we looked at yesterday. The second result of God’s plans for us is abundance.
Meaningful work was instituted by God before the curse.
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.Genesis 2:15
Work was not a part of the curse. Toil in work was part of the curse on this earth.
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; (18) Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; (19) 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.Genesis 3:17-19
So in the millennial and eternal kingdom work will continue. Because of the limits of sin in the millennial kingdom, and the absence of sin in God’s eternal kingdom, there will be a lack of corruption. Injustice will be a thing of the past. In the new kingdom there will be work, but the work will be enjoyable (v.22). Work will bring about an abundance of things to enjoy because the efforts will be “blessed of the Lord” (v23). This is much like what work was like before the curse happened. Consider Genesis 2:4-9:
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, (5) And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. (6) But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. (7) And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (8) And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. (9) And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
In this time God will be quick to respond and listen to His people. He will take joy in blessing them and will freely do so (v.24). Verse 24 makes it sounds like he wants to answer them as soon as they begin asking. It makes me think of a loving Father who cannot wait to bless his kids with things that will be really good and enjoyable for them.
Here is the point: In that day there will not be a lack. There will be an incredible abundance. We will have everything we need, and we will enjoy God’s blessings in a way that is good for us. The blessings of God will not be what we worship but will be what we enjoy. His blessings will cause us to love and enjoy Him more.
We can have hope today because of the incredible future of abundance that God has planned for us. We may have to endure lack on this earth, but the truth is that everything on this earth is going away anyway. The only thing that will last on this earth is the Word of God and the souls of people. This is why Jesus told us to live for that future instead of this present circumstance:
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: (20) But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: (21) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.Matthew 6:19-21
What is one way you can invest in eternity today?