Unless the Lord…

“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 vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives his beloved sleep” (Ps. 127:1-2).

There are wonderful benefits for us when we understand that it is God, and God alone, who ultimately builds his house. This knowledge of God’s power and omni-causality promotes a restful soul and a peaceful sleep for the person who trusts in him. The temptation of man is to be in an anxious state. This anxiety can come from a lack of appreciation that all good things come from God. Faith can see another truth. Faith can see that labor is not in vain when it is in the LORD (1 Cor. 15:58). Faith can see that all things are arranged for the ultimate good of those who God has called to love him (Rom. 8:28). Faith can see that the power and dominion and kingdom belong to Christ who rules over all.

Believers must often be reminded of the rest that we may find in the salvation of our God and in God himself. Ultimately, Christ, who is the builder of the house (Heb. 3:1-4), has come to give us rest. Christ himself is our shalom (Eph. 2:14) and our Sabbath rest (Col. 2:16-17). In the same breath, Christ explains his supreme will in building the church (Matt. 11:25-27) and extends the call to embrace his yoke and enjoy his rest (Matt. 11:28-30).

Let your life and labor be in the strength of the Lord and the peace of his power.

“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Is. 40:30-31).


2 responses to “Unless the Lord…

  1. Billy,
    Thank you for this post. It was a blessing to me. Today I was actually meditating on that passage in Isaiah and thought about how God gives us the strength we need to RUN and not grow weary as we are waiting on Him…He certainly has been giving me a strength that I couldn’t possibly ever have on my own and rest as well that you also mentioned. I can’t imagine life without Jesus(nor do I want to imagine it). He owes us nothing and we owe Him everything yet He is the one who gave it all continues to give and give some more.

    • tractsandtreatises

      Amen! The Lord is a Shepherd who is faithful to lead his sheep on straight paths by the water brooks (Jer. 31:9).


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