Yes, there is delight in a job well done and with meaningful results. However, as long as we remain on this earth, our fight is to consider – and by guided by – God’s definitions and not by the false ideas our enemies work so hard in selling us.
Back in college, even when my major was software engineering, I took several classes in the school of electronic engineering; hardware has always been of interest to me, ever since middle school.
Even with the big differences between them, both branches of human knowledge had in common the often frustrating need of debugging: you design an amazing application, you implement it elegantly, but when you run it or when you turn the on switch… nothing happens.
In the case of our hardware projects, the problem was often the lack of power being applied to main integrated circuit’s pin number zero.
That is the “enable” pin: the circuit just simple doesn’t work unless there is power present on that terminal.
It did not matter how amazing our design was; no power, no real results.
It did not matter how elegant our implementation was; no power, no real results.
In life – in real life – the Triune God of the Universe is who defines reality. He enables us to see life for what it really is. He enables us to contemplate the here and now from the perspective of the glory that is to come.
Solomon drive this point home in Chapter 6 of his book of Ecclesiastes, and he does that in a rather blunt way: a stillborn child is better off than a successful man who – according to the world – has everything, but to whom God has not given the power to enjoy it all.
Not enabled by God = no real success, no real peace, no real enjoyment.
Then, the implication of this truth is that peace, enjoyment, delight comes not from the results themselves, but from having the humility and wisdom of knowing that it is God who enables us. Of course, humility and wisdom are the result of the work of God the Holy Spirit in us.
If “whatever has come to be has already been named,” which is a nightmare for those of us who like creativity, what then is our motivation to pursue and do work that is good? It’s not the results, but the possibility that Jehovah may show up, changing us with wisdom and humility only He can provide.
What / who defines your success? Why do you want to pursue work that is good?
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.