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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Is it God...or are you building in vain?

Just a quick thought...


Psalms 127:1-2
Unless the LORD builds the house,
its builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchmen stand guard in vain.
In vain you rise early and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat —
for He grants sleep to those He loves.
NIV

Is it a God thing or just our thing?

Commentary:
Inordinate excessive care about the things of this world is a vain and fruitless thing. We weary ourselves for vanity if we have it, and often weary ourselves in vain for it.
(from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)

Questions to ask ourselves:
Who is getting the glory for this?
What is the fruit?
Does it seem to be "alive" and "growing" or stagnant?
Selah...

8 comments:

Mel's World said...

Sue,

You continue to make me think, help me to grow, and enrich my life...thanks for the great post today!

~Melissa in Mel's World

xoxo

Debbie said...

Interesting ...I just finished having my quiet time with the Lord. I checked Twitter and saw your tweet so I came to read your blog post.

I've been struggling with doing things in my flesh versus allowing God to work through me. I really want to live a Spirit filled life. But difficult and challenging circumstances often test me. I start my day asking the Lord to guide me and lead me and submit myself to His promptings. How often I fall short! But then I am reminded of His grace and mercy and ...I'm so thankful.

I'm helping my husband with his company and my desire is that he would see God at work in me. And that God would indeed get the glory. Thank you Sue for this timely post. I've much to think and also to pray about.

Praise and Coffee said...

Good point Debbie..

I want to make sure and say that in a "God thing" there will be challenges and trials!
But ask the questions and that should give you a good indication if it's the enemy attacking or the Lord closing doors.

Kerri said...

Wow, I was wide awake at 3 AM, worrying about things! I am an elementary school teacher and not having my own classroom this year, I'm subbing a lot and earning some $ for our family. I know I'm a great teacher and I enjoy the classrooms I teach in. But I'm doubting myself a lot because I am continually in a new situation and not always feeling secure. The verses today made me stop and think. I need to give the best of me but not worry about what others think and try for perfection. It is fruitless to worry and lay wide awake! Thanks

A Stone Gatherer said...

Ouch, but questions I've been asking myself lately!!! I will coninue to ask them too! I desperately want God to get the glory for anything I do! Have been down about because of other things in "the church" that just do not bring him glory. An old rut!!!

Smelling Coffee said...

I love these verses! They go along with everything else God seems to be drawing me to ponder. I so want the Lord to be the only one who builds - and I desire to be His handmaiden and tool belt in the process! Thank you for the awesome reminder!

Mariel said...

oh, Sue, i desperately needed the reminder of this verse tonight...I am off to spend time with the Lord in this Psalm. thank you for sharing this. God alone is building my home, my heart and all He is calling me to. I am practicing just resting in it.

candypb said...

I just cought myself in this situation yesturday. Knowing that God was leading me to a new place in my life, I thought I knew everything I needed to know and started to move forward. Not knowing that there was so much more that God needed to tell me.
All I could see was God's glory that would come out of this situation. If I would have stepped out in vain, I would be standing there alone without God's purpose. Thankfully I only shuffled one foot ahead and God caught me before it was to late.

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