As people become busier during this season, they can be stressed about getting the perfect gifts and throwing the perfect parties. However, we can do things differently. We can use this time to reflect on the builder and the sustainer of our lives. We can focus on our relationship with the Lord and to shore up those areas that need to be strengthened!
Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep. Psalm 127:1-2
The above passage reminds us that the Lord is the builder and the watchman over His children’s lives. This is a Psalm written by Solomon who had amassed much wealth and notoriety. Nonetheless, Solomon knew the Lord was the builder of his life and his kingdom.
Do you tend to control everything in your life!? Or are you able to rest and trust in the Lord and allow Him to work in various situations in your life!? Do you pride yourself in being a “go-getter”? Can this mean that sometimes you run ahead of God and try to build by carnal means in your own timeframe!?
Our technology has brought our work home and has infiltrated our personal lives. Nowadays, people sit up late to get work done. Others are on TV or social media in late hours in the night. The truth is that regardless of our age, we need sleep and rest.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters. Psalm 23:2
The Lord is our shepherd, and He knows that we need to lie down and rest regularly. A good night sleep is a gift from the Lord, and we should appreciate it and make time for it. It is not wisdom when we continue to live a lifestyle of lack of sleep and being tired. Being tired impacts our health, emotions, and mind. We also tend to get angry, annoyed, and emotional easier which impacts our relationships. There is sorrow associated with lack of sleep. How much sleep do you get on a regular basis?
The Lord is the builder and the sustainer of our lives. We get to partner with Him in the process. However, resting and getting a good night sleep are part of the longevity of the building process. Let’s not fight rest but embrace it in our lives!
Today, let’s make a commitment to make the necessary changes, so we can surrender things to the Lord and get the rest we need. Psalm 127 is a great reminder of these truths as the Lord invites us to rest in Him and let Him continue to be the builder and the watchman in our lives!