Where’s the Daily Grind in Scripture?

the daily grind

Last updated on November 29th, 2019


Wake up, get dressed, go to work or school, come home, go to sleep, do it all over again. The daily grind. I found myself wondering as I reflect on my daily grind, where’s the daily grind in Scripture?

Life’s not a movie

You’ve watched those biographical movies before where every scene is a pivotal moment in that person’s life. What we all know is that they don’t show us is the long days of struggle between those pivotal moments. It’s in that context I ask this question. Were there daily grinds in scripture? I would guess so. The daily grind of Noah building that ark, the daily grind of Moses guiding the Israelites through the wilderness, and maybe even some daily grind days when the apostles were following Jesus.

I don’t doubt perhaps those moments are vaguely implied to be there, but when you read through scripture a lot of times it plays out like a movie. Something is usually going down in most of the chapters. A war is happening, the Red Sea is being parted, an angel suddenly appears, etc. A lot of it is action action action. But I wonder more about those moments of inactivity.

The wait in scripture

How did Jacob’s love for Rachel make those 7 years he was working for her father feel like only a few days? Were there days where it felt like a grind and he was frustrated waiting so long to marry her? Wondering if he ever would? How did he handle that? Or what about Jesus. Most of the action in his life didn’t really happen until the last few years, as far as the details we’re given. He being human like us, I wonder how he handled any long periods of no milestone activity in his life before the pivotal moments that would come?

Off the top of my head Job comes to mind as somewhat of a parallel to what I’m discussing. We do get details of some of his frustrations expressed enduring his suffering. It’s a long story before we see that pivotal moment of God addressing his frustration and then restoring his fortunes in the end. Though it seems implied that he didn’t handle the inactivity in the best way.


So what’s the answer to living this daily grind? Well, perhaps it’s that we handle the inactivity the way Peter did when he was jailed in Acts. Praise God through the struggle. Maybe we just follow the teachings of Paul in Philippians. Just keep making our requests in the midst of the anxiety. Thus receiving that peace of God guarding us. I guess scripture shows us through most of these characters if we just keep doing whatever we’re suppose to be doing, something eventually happens. Something that we can be really joyful about. Though of course no matter what, we can always find a reason to be thankful for wherever life currently finds us at.

Peace to all those who are in Christ.


23 thoughts on “Where’s the Daily Grind in Scripture?

  1. Funny enough I had the same thoughts recently and penned it on my blog. I wish the bible had thw day to day lives of the success stories because it would sure help to know for sure that they felt the same way I’m feeling.

    Another interesting thing is about 2 months ago, I read the book of Genesis and I didn’t see it say that Jacob waited an extra 7 years to get Rachel. He did work ana extra 7 but from my understanding of what I read, he got her after the week long wedding ceremony.
    See Gen 29: 25-31

    1. Hi busolamimartins. Thanks for your comment. Indeed, it would definitely be nice, but I guess at least we know they got through the difficult moments in the end.

      Correct on the 7 year part. He worked 7 years, he was tricked into marrying the younger sister first, then he completed the current week, and then married Rachel. I’m not sure about the wedding ceremony part though. What verse did you see that explicitly stated?

      Peace in Christ.

      1. Hello, sorry I’m responding this late, If you read from Gen 29 vs 27 and vs 28 and vs 30. You may see what I’m talking about.
        Like I said earlier, this is what I understand from what I read. I didn’t see it written explicitly that Jacob had to wait 7 years to get Rachel and if you read on, there is no reason for Rachel to have been jealous of Leah having kids before her because technically she wasn’t supposed to be with Jacob until another 7 years EXCEPT she was married to Jacob at the same time Leah was married to Jacob.

        1. Thanks for the response. I agree with what you said, but specifically regarding the wedding ceremony part, where is that stated? Sorry if I didn’t catch that in your response.

          1. I think I’ve discovered where the confusion was. I’m guessing you might be reading a different translation than I am. The translation you might be reading I’m assuming has the phrase, “bridal week” or “wedding celebration”. The translation I read simply reads “complete the week of this one”. I looked at commentaries that made references of a custom of a wedding festival of some kind during that time period. Even though the verse, at least in some translations, doesn’t explicitly state that. But an interesting thing I never thought about and will have to investigate further. Thanks for bearing with my questions and bringing this to my attention.

            Peace in Christ.

  2. I’ve thought the same thing! What was Jonah thinking after God spared those Jonah still despised? I would love to know how he still pursued God or if he gave up because the daily grind was too much. Thank for the like by the way!

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