Wednesday, March 6, 2019

In Order To Grow, I Have to Learn to Rest

In review of Psalm 127:2 it says, “It is senseless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, fearing you will starve to death; for God wants his loved ones to get their proper rest” (TLB).

Today’s verse is Psalm 127:2. In Psalm 127 Solomon writes that life without God is senseless. All of life's work must have God as the foundation. Therefore It is useless for me 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.

God is not against human effort. Hard work honors God. But working to the exclusion of rest or to the neglect of family may be a cover-up for an inability to trust God to provide for my needs. I need adequate rest and times of spiritual refreshment. So work hard while trusting God, and also rest while trusting him.

What I’m learning is that God won’t give me everything he promised all at once. It could be I’m not prepared to handle it all, or it could be it’s too much for me to manage until I mature. God’s promises may be filled little by little as I grow.

The Bible says in Psalm 127:2, “It is senseless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, fearing you will starve to death; for God wants his loved ones to get their proper rest” (TLB).

Resistance to rest is immaturity. I must remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is the anything else that is worthwhile.

While God is growing my career, he is also growing me. For me to grow, I have to learn to rest in God’s goodness.

Bottom line:
It's useless to work super hard from early to late. God gives rest to his loved ones and meets our needs.

What this means to me:
It is useless for me to work so hard for a living, getting up early and going to bed late. For God will provide for me.

In summary, all of life's work must have God as the foundation. It is useless for me to work hard from early morning to late at night. Hard work honors God, but working to the exclusion of rest or to the neglect of family may be a cover-up for an inability to trust God to provide. Work hard while trusting God, but also rest while trusting him. God won't provide everything all at once. His promises may be filled little by little as I grow. Any resistance to rest on my part is immaturity. He is growing me. Part of that is learning to rest in his goodness.

This morning Father I ask you to help me to embrace rest. I already work too much leaving late, putting in time after hours and on weekends. Allow me to rest properly. This morning Father I also pray for your continued guidance and wisdom in handling my work, leading my team and in my interactions with others. I thank you for helping me take inventory yesterday and complete or move forward on several tasks. These things I pray in your Son Jesus name, amen!

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