Here is your e-votional for the weekend…
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch 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 sleep to his beloved.”-Psalm 127: 1-2
The bread of anxious toil; that’s quite a phrase isn’t it? I think all of us have eaten that bread before, as we fret and obsess over our labors. Whether we are still working or we are retired, we all have business which we are about, and we do tend to ask a lot of questions of ourselves. Am I working hard enough? Am I successful enough? Will my boss be pleased with me? Will my efforts bear fruit?
What is the Psalmist saying to us with these words? I think it is fairly straightforward. Often, we separate our faith from our work. Work has its own rules and the rules of faith, largely, don’t apply there. This is a mistake. We don’t have to be doing church work to be about God’s business. God is not separate from our workaday lives. God does not belong to Sundays. God is Lord of our whole lives.
When we work, we do best to keep our faith at the fore of our work rather the periphery. We can all do our jobs as Christian people, loving our neighbor, being honest in our dealings, seeking the common good, working selflessly. These are deeply Christian principles, and principles which are well applied to all of our endeavors.
The bread of anxious toil does not taste very good, but sweet is the rest of the faithful person who has spent their day worshipping and serving God. God is not a part of our life. God is our life.
Prayer: Holy God, we thank you for the work you have given us. Today we pray that you would be present in all that we do; guide us, strengthen us, and renew us. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.