“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builder works in vain.” Ps. 127: 1
We are busy people. We just finished our glorious Easter Celebration AND the Spring Yard Sale. The Mother’s day Tea is this month. Vacation Bible School is just around the corner. And practically right after that is the Heritage/Homecoming Sunday on September 13th and then the (possible) Auction Fund-raiser, then Charge Conference with our new DS, then Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas! Yikes! Here Again! Already! In the real (not church) world, there is lots of work to do: orchards to husband, machinery to repair, rules to keep, kids to raise, grand-kids to spoil, families to care for, dinners to make, houses to clean, places to go, people to see, things to do. We are busy people.
Sometimes when we do our busy-work, we forget to do it with/for/by/through and because of God. That just makes the work harder; that leads to burn out, anger, confusion, frustration. It leads us away from God and from each other. It makes us mad at God and others. It is actually against what God wants us to do, and to be. “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for He gives sleep to His beloved.” Ps. 127: 2.
But because of God’s love for us, all we need to do to battle those over-work monsters is do everything with/for/by through and because of God. Jesus will help us carry our burdens and do our work. The Holy Spirit can empower us with the strength or courage or wisdom we need to get the job(s) done. God offers us places, moments, hours, days and times of rest, even in the midst of our busy-ness.
Jesus said, “Come unto me, all who are weary, and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly of heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Mt. 11.28-30. Jesus doesn’t call us to Not Work. He calls us to work with/for/by/through and because of Him. He helps us carry our loads. He shares our burdens. He shoulders the weight of our lives and our work. He partners with us. And what we do then makes a difference. We are different. The world is different. We live and work in God, and even as we work, we are renewed.
Let us remember to work with the Lord and gather in His help and approval, or it all comes to nothing.
The Message paraphrase translation says it this way:
“If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap. It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know [God] enjoys giving rest to those [God] loves?”
Blessings, Pastor Bethany