Unless the Lord builds the house,
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.
The first stanza of this Psalm really resonated with me as we approach the end of the year with the busyness of getting up to date at work, functions (both work and social) and the general tiredness of a full year.
I think back to numerous restless nights this past year, and even this last week, and how I have fretted over challenges at work, deadlines that are looming, relationship challenges and so the list goes on. Why have I not learnt, and why has the message not sunk into my slow mind that my God and heavenly Father knows everything and is in control?
Our sermon series from earlier this year on Ecclesiastes made me more aware of the futility of worrying about my short life in a fallen and broken world, and that I should not worry excessively about earthly achievements, failures, challenges and even earthly happiness. I need to focus on God and give myself over to Him in the knowledge that He is in control. And that if I love Him, He will ensure that when this physical life passes away, I will be with Him and Jesus in a new and perfect body on a new earth in a restored and perfect universe.
When that’s our perspective, it’s much easier to enjoy a good night’s sleep trusting God to keep us safe and fulfil all His plans.
Prayer: Lord I acknowledge that You are my Lord and Saviour. Help me to remember this and to lean on You when I worry excessively about things of this earth. Help me to focus on You in good times and challenging times. Amen