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Reflections on Ps 127:1-2

01/30/2011

“Unless the LORD builds the house,

They labor in vain who build it;

Unless the LORD guards the city,

The watchman keeps awake in vain.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late,

to eat the bread of painful labors;

For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

Ps 127:1-2 (NASB)

Our life is a life of faith. Whether we would embrace that notion or not does not make it any more or less of a reality in our lives. We breath by faith, work by faith, love by faith, and live by faith. To assume otherwise is to embrace folly. That is our station in life. That is our calling. That is our reality. Yet so many live in casual disregard for the Lord.

We fail to recognize that our efforts, apart from the divine blessing of the Lord, are in vain. We can work, strive, and labor, but without the Lord in our life, we are peddling through life with a strong headwind in our faces.

Our focus needs to shift from the work of our hands to the work in our hearts. As followers of Christ, we are called to be a people who learn the art of working and resting. We were not created for endless work, but were given a pattern of rest. The simplicity of the creation account points to the concept of work and rest. The pattern that was given was that our lives were not simply made to work, but also created to pause, reflect, remember, and worship the provider of all things. “But  seek first  His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be  added to you. (Matt. 6:33) There are obvious needs in our life. Bills must be paid, groceries purchased, and necessities acquired, but this ought to be a supplement to a life that is lived in tremendous communion with the Lord. As we delight in Him, He will begin to change the very things that we desire (Ps 37:4). Our lives will be marked by a strong and profound faith in the provision of God on our behalf. We will begin to recognize the call to live by faith and will cease our striving and rest in the knowledge of a faithful God who cares for us and provides beyond what we could ask or imagine.

We need to remember that “he gives to his beloved even while they sleep” (Ps 127:2) There is some debate as to the exact meaning of this text, but regardless of the interpretation, there is the idea that God is the one who provides and gives rest.

That is a very difficult lesson to learn. Most who have learned this lesson have learned it through the vale of suffering and pain. Many a life has been poured out on the alter of career, acquisition, consumerism, and the pursuit of self. These lives typically come to an end with a profound sense of loss. They have spend their best on the things of this world and though rich in this world have ended their lives in spiritual poverty.

As the people of God, we must find our peace in the Lord and not in the perishable things of this world. We must learn the art of resting, pausing, reflecting, and enjoying the provision of God in our lives.

It all starts with a heart aflame for the things of God. We must consider that our lives are lost and found in Him. With this beginning, our decisions become subject to the word of God. We allow the scriptures to shape our decisions and be the source of wisdom from which we draw our strength.

There is nothing wrong with work… The question is, “for whom are you working?”

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  1. Gary Grubbs
    01/31/2011 at 12:21 pm

    Brad,
    Just wanted say I appreciate what you guys in Fresno are doing to bring truth and light to what the word of God says. I am part of the Turlock Core group and we are all extremely excited about what God will do here in this community to bring Gods truth to the neighborhoods of Turlock. I feel as if I know you and your teaching team because I have listen or watched probably 40 teachings and have really like all so far. May God continue to Bless your ministry. Gary

    • 02/01/2011 at 5:01 pm

      Glad to hear that the team at The Well has been a blessing to you. You’ve got a great leader and a great work getting started in Turlock. We are excited to see how things continue to develop.

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