Let God

Psalm 127:1 (ESV)
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.

Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

Who built your house?

We are builders. We build structures, tangibles, and/or new lives for ourselves and others. We can do it without God’s help. It’s done every day and its okay. In fact, it is a blessing if you have found work that you enjoy. In contrast, many of us work jobs that are a burden, yet we endure. Physical and mental toil are elements of our broken world. It has been written, doing God’s will is nourishment. Work suited to our gifts and personalities is food for our soul. The psalmist warned that unless the Lord builds the house, unless the Lord has inspired the labor, the worker eats the “bread of anxious toils.” In other words, trying to go it alone leads to a life filled with worry. A name that I have turned to often, the great preacher Charles H. Spurgeon, called one of his publications, The Sword and the Trowel, because he saw his ministry as labor, building believers and the church while fighting sin and false doctrine.  Some of us this evening will go to bed wishing we had worked better and harder, accomplished more and had fewer interruptions. Consider this! Go to bed after committing the day’s work to the Lord and letting it go.[1] That’s God’s gift. I’m reminded of Jesus’ ministry. Jesus had such a clear conscience after a long day of ministry he was able to go to sleep in a boat on the sea in the middle of a storm. In a way, God built Jesus’ house and he slept well in it. Who built your house? Did you try to build it on your own? Even as we go to sleep, God can work for us in many ways.  

“God is always at work around you.” Henry Blackaby, author of Experiencing God

[1] Inspired by a reading of Warren Wiersbe’s, Bible Exposition Commentary (BE Series) OT – Psalm 127

About Pastor Steve

Pastor Steve Hodges is an ordained minister, pastoring a church in central Virginia.
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