Work is good, too much work is
not so good. We should be doing what God
is blessing, not necessarily asking God to bless what we’re doing. When things are done under our own steam,
driven by our own wisdom, it is exhausting.
When God is in charge, He is gracious to give peace and rest.
Psalm 127: 1-2 - Unless the Lord builds the
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for He grants sleep to those He loves.
Things to think about:
· What are you
working on these days?
Is it invigorating or debilitating?
Are you losing sleep over it or sleeping like a baby?
· I’ve been conditioned to believe that I should
always be working harder, always pushing just a bit more
If I don’t do it, it won’t get done
My competition is working when I’m not
Maybe I’m just being a little lazy or complacent
§ Have any of
these lies crossed your mind?
· Our verse
says that when we are working in our own strength and on our own agendas, God
won’t bless the work and we will be worn out
Have you ever seen this play out in your own life?
How frustrating is it to work on something that isn’t working???
· On the other
hand, God wants to be your partner (actually, the boss) of what you are doing
When He is leading the project, your work will not be in vain
How much more comforting to know that your work, your ministry,
your relationships are being led by God and that His plans never fail
21:43-45 - So the Lord gave Israel all the land He had sworn to give
their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. The Lord gave
them rest on every side, just as He had sworn to their ancestors. Not one
of their enemies withstood them; the Lord gave all their
enemies into their hands. Not one of all the Lord’s good
promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
· If you are
struggling with peace and assurance about something you are engaged in, ask God
who is building the house, you or Him.
Be ready to give it back to Him and even open to walking away from
it if He tells you to
o Matthew 11:28-30
- “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you
rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for
I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For
My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”