Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Daily devotional: Work - finding satisfaction and rest

Scripture
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.
Psalm 127:1 NLT (see also v.2)

Observation
It is so important, if we do not want our efforts to be futile, to seek earnestly after the Lord and join into the work He has for us. The Lord blesses us with success when we are in line with His will. Forging down the path that is not in line with His plan will not amount to as much, regardless of how much strength and energy we put into it. See also v.2 for related wisdom on having balance in work and life.

Application
Seek earnestly after the Lord. Ask for wisdom, discernment, and enlightenment on each work effort that I pursue. Then remember it is the Lord who grants success, so do not take the credit when His work succeeds!

Prayer
Lord, I love this revelation. How freeing it is that You give rest to your loved ones, that I can work diligently but not to the excess that leads to health issues, destroyed relationships, and lost opportunities. Please show me and lead me each day into the work You have for me, that I may enjoy its fruit, and enjoy seeing Your power and majesty manifested.

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