Home Building

First, this entry is not about building a house. Not even on my bravest of days am I willing to tackle that topic!  No, the thoughts I’m having today are on a much broader plane than construction.

The thing is, I’m really tired. Physically tired, and tired in other ways, too. But this tired is totally my fault.

Have you ever worried and fretted and worked yourself into exhaustion? That’s me right now. There are things in front of me at the moment that are bigger than I can begin to imagine. I wonder how I will ever pull them off in all my obvious limitations.

I know that the Lord has placed me in the place He wants me in each of these things, so deep in my soul, I am confident that He will accomplish all that concerns me (Psalm 138:8). But I forever doubt the weaknesses in my flesh. And this is what makes me tired.

There is a passage from the Bible that has been on my mind recently. It’s from Psalm 127, and here’s what it says:

“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”

This passage is a reminder that it really does me no good to worry and fret about the things the Lord has put before me. Ultimately, He is the Builder, the Watchman, the Laborer, and the Provider over all things in my life.  When I try to take on those roles, I can quickly make a mess of things. When I stop taking His place, or putting others in His place, doubts, worries, and fears cease, and I am left with a beautiful trust- and with rest.

So if He is all of these things that I strive to be, then what am I?  Oh, this is the best part of all! I am His beloved.

What are you striving to be today? My friend, let Him be the loving Father He longs to be, and rest in being His beloved.


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