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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Unless The Lord Builds The House
Ps. 127:1,2 "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows, for so He gives His beloved sleep." This Psalm tells us that unless the Lord is working through us, giving us the vision, the plan, and is personally involved in the project, our work will be in vain. This is not to say that we cannot do anything without God. The tower of Babel is a great example of people working together in unity to accomplish a great goal. And God Himself said in Gen. 11:6, "Indeed the people all are one, and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them." God has created people so ingeniously that we are capable of doing tremendous things together. But this Psalm tells us that all our work will not produce any Kingdom or eternal benefits. If we rise up early, and stay up late, eating the bread of sorrows, worrying about our life, and trying to solve our problems, all our worry and anxiety will not bring about the solutions we need. We will only lose sleep, and find no satisfactory answers. But God gives His beloved sleep. So what do we do when we toss and turn, and can't shut our mind off from worrying and fretting about things. We need to go back to the first verse, which tells us that unless the Lord builds the house, the workers labor in vain. We need to commit everything to God, and trust Him with all our concerns. When we have turned everything over to God, and we trust Him, we will be able to finally lay down and get a peaceful sleep. Sleep is a gift from God, which we desperately need, for a clear mind, a good attitude, and a healthy body. So may God give you a trusting heart, and peace in your heart and mind, and good sleep, to refresh you for the challenges of tomorrow.