Pastor’s Note – January 24, 2019

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Brothers & Sisters,

Pastor Jake here. I’d like to share with you part of a Psalm — one of my favorites:

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 in vain that your rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil;
For he gives to his beloved sleep.
(Psalm 127:1-2, ESV)

The reason I like this passage so much is because it speaks so clearly into our culture (and my spirit) of greed, ambition, and busyness. We strive so hard to build the life that we want, but we forget that only God can build that life. We’re so afraid of losing what we have, or so obsessed with obtaining what we don’t, that we deny ourselves the only thing we actually want — peace and happiness.

But the last thing anyone wants their life to be is “in vain”, and according to the wisdom of Scripture, the only way out of that is to let, or rather help, God build it His way.

So here’s the question: Is there anything you’re doing apart from God’s hand, his blessing, his direction, his wisdom, his strength, or his grace? It’s time to stop. Give Him the reigns. The responsibility is ultimately His, anyway, and He’s not the cruel taskmaster that we sometimes think He is. He’s a strong builder and a loving father, eager to do the heavy lifting. We’re just joyful servants along for the ride.

I pray this week that every “tower of Babel” would be torn down (see Genesis 11), and that God would build His Kingdom in our very midst.

Peace to you in Christ,