S (Scripture): Psalm 127
1 If the Lord does not build a house,
then those who build it work in vain.
If the Lord does not guard a city,
then the watchman stands guard in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise early, come home late, and work so hard for your food.
Yes, he can provide for those whom he loves even when they sleep.
O (Observation): At first, these words can seem very exclusive to non-believers and encourage laziness. But that is not my interpretation.
As a person who follows God, one should see that the Lord is helping you to raise that house. Thinking that you – under your own strength ALONE – built it can cause you to forget that the Lord is the one who blessed you to build it in the first place.
As a person who follows God, your work is not for your own end, but to give God glory. Work not just for the money, but in a way that shows that God will provide where your means end. God will provide for you…with sleep…with what you need even while you sleep.
A (Application): I work hard. I challenge myself with lots of things…and at times, I work like it all depends on me. Thankfully, God continues to work with me on this improper approach to work and ministry.
Instead, I have had to be challenged with thinking about the fact that it does NOT all depend on me. (Weird, I know : )
This psalm reminds me that the challenges folks are facing today are in God’s hands…not mine…but that doesn’t mean I get to be lazy.
As I enter into divisive online conversations, I will try to remember the verses above, so that I will be able to share my thoughts in a way that enlightens and encourages conversation, and at the same time, does not depend on me “winning.”
God has already won…whether I’m right or wrong.
P (Prayer): Lord, help me to be patient and kind. Help me to lead with love. Amen.