God tells us to work as hard as we can, yet trust him for the results. We are to exert, sweat, think, plan, labor and strain, yet with peace in our hearts:
Unless the LORD builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:1-2)
Those who build a house work hard, yet the Lord must give them success. Those who guard a city stay awake and alert, yet ultimately the Lord must protect the city. We should work with all our might, then trust God for the results.
Parents must do all they are able to train their children to know the Lord, yet ultimately it’s the Lord who saves. Worship teams should rehearse and strive for the most excellent sound they can achieve, yet God must lift people’s hearts. Those in business should produce the best products and service possible, yet it’s God who blesses with success.
One way we show our faith in our Father is to rest. We can rise early and work 18-hour days and “eat the bread of anxious toil,” ignoring our families and health. Or we can work full days, go home, rest, and trust God to care for us. God “gives to his beloved sleep.” While we enjoy God’s gift of sleep, we trust that God will build our house, watch our city and provide bread for us.
If you’re an artist, work hard at your craft. Paint the best paintings you can. Take the best photos you are capable of. If you’re a song writer, write, rewrite, edit and re-edit. If you’re a cook, give your customers the best cuisine in the county. Policemen, guard your city with all your wits. Teachers, teach with creativity and energy and joy. Athletes, train hard, practice hard, play hard. Whether you’re a grocery store greeter or a computer programmer, do it with godly vigor.
Then when it’s time to go home, go home. Forget about your work. Rest. And go to sleep in faith.
photo by flyzipper