There’s so much to do and so little time—so too often we work from sun up to sun down.
As soon as our alarm goes off, we hit the gym, battle traffic to work, or drop the kids off at school. During a lull in the day, we pick up our phone to return personal emails and texts, catch up on social media, pay some bills, and order a few necessities off Amazon. When it comes time for lunch break, it’s easy to skip the break altogether and run a few quick errands instead. And by the time we clock out, there are repairs we need to do at home, games of our kids we need to catch at school, a side hustle to run, or homework we need to get caught up on. By the time our heads hit the pillow, we’re already making a list of our to-do’s for the next day.
While we’re running, working, and living, we can either fly through the day in peace or in anxiety.
For those who keep their eyes on the Lord for their strength and purpose, they have peace. They’re not working for the approval of humans but for the Lord Himself. They know that God provides for His people, and they rely on His provision. Whatever they get done, God will multiply—and whatever they don’t get done, there’s grace.
But for those who live for the approval of others and work out of selfish ambition or fretfulness, there will always be unrest. Nothing will ever seem like enough. All the striving will only lead to exhaustion.
The Psalmist reminds us here that we serve a God who can do far more during the hours we rest than we could ever do in the awake hours we anxiously work. For those who trust in the Lord to provide for their needs, they will surely see Him work on their behalf.
- Think about your week. Were you working and living each day as if it’s success depended on you? Or were you relying on the Lord as if it’s success depended on Him alone?
- Meditate on Psalm 127:2—“It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to His loved ones.” The Psalmist isn’t discouraging us from working hard and giving each day our best effort. Rather, he’s reminding us to find our strength and purpose in God alone—how can you submit more of your work, efforts, and days to the Lord?
A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of Solomon.
1 Unless the Lord builds a house,
the work of the builders is wasted.
Unless the Lord protects a city,
guarding it with sentries will do no good.
2 It is useless for you to work so hard
from early morning until late at night,
anxiously working for food to eat;
for God gives rest to his loved ones.
3 Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from him.
4 Children born to a young man
are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.
5 How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!
He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.
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