Labor In Vain
One morning I woke up totally stressed about what I had to do for the day. I jumped out of bed quickly got ready and drove to work to get right into my day. I was just bombarded with graphic job after graphic job and it was pretty overwhelming. Then I rushed from work to go coach for a couple hours trying to figure out how to best pass on what I know about soccer to my team. When I was done there, I rushed over to the coffee shop to put in hours of homework.
After a while this became normal and my daily routine consisted of being busy and trying to build a life of do good. But work, school, and coaching became so important that it took precedence over everything else, even more important than God Himself.
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
What I was doing was all in vain because I was trying to do things with my own understanding and strength instead of spending time with God to see what he wanted me to do. We are all building something in our life whether it’s acceptance, job security, or a degree. And we tend to push our agenda as hard as we can for selfish reasons so that we can come out on top and live as the world calls it, prosperous. If we do this on our own without consulting God it is all in vain. It is God that opens and closes the door to what we are chasing and if He isn’t in the middle of it, then we are building things on our own and won’t receive the full intended blessing. We have to put God first in all that we do and we can’t compromise that…
Questions to Ponder
- Look at your life and how much time is spent doing things for selfish gain?
- How much time is spent with God? (Reading the bible and Prayer)
- How often do you wait upon the Lord to work in your life vs. taking things into your own hands?