This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “build.”
“Unless the Lord builds a house,
the work of the builders is wasted.
Unless the Lord protects a city,
guarding it with sentries will do no good.
It is useless for you to work so hard
from early morning until late at night,
anxiously working for food to eat;
for God gives rest to his loved ones.”
(Psalm 127:1-2 NLT)
Why do I so often feel like it all depends on me?
That I have to fix it, that I have to make it happen, that everything is down to my hard work and effort?
I feel like I’m building God’s house, doing his work, and I know the things I’m trying to do are good, but surely that sense of pressure and that feeling of exhaustion are signs that something has gone wrong.
It’s an ongoing battle. Just when I think I’ve defeated the control monster, it rears up again and I find myself in its grip once more. It fires its lies at me and, too readily, I listen.
These verses call me back to the truth: it does not depend on my work, but on God’s. Unless the work is truly his, it is pointless. I can give it my all, but without God it will count for nothing.
“for God gives rest to his loved ones.”
Surely it’s not that he doesn’t want us to work, but the rest in our souls that comes from knowing that God is ultimately in control and we are not.
I love David’s words to Solomon to prepare him for the task of building the Temple:
“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.” (1 Chronicles 28:20 NLT)
Solomon was called to do the work, but it was God’s responsibility to see that it was finished correctly.
May we find rest in that truth today!