Titus 3; Jeremiah 17-18; Psalm 127
How easily we get fooled into thinking that we can set things up and prosper without God. We make our plans, maybe paying lip service to God. We develop our schemes. Everything is put in order and we execute our plans. Things seem to go well for a while, but then, everything falls apart. We rehash the situation trying to discover what went wrong. In most cases the problem was that God and His ways were not considered; in most cases that problem was not considered. As Solomon said in this Psalm: “Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.” (Psalm 127:1) In a world dominated by powerful people; by politicians bent on exalting themselves; this message strikes at the heart of our problems. Too many focus on their legacy or their thirst for power and forget that they are called to lead under the guidance and direction of the Lord. Yes, we live in a country with freedom of religion. It’s true that our leaders are not required to follow the Lord. In the long run, though, those who seek to lead, those who seek to accumulate personal power without depending on the Lord will fail. They will find that all they have done soon vanishes like the morning mist. That thought doesn’t just apply to politicians and powerful people, though. It applies to each and every person. Whether it be our professional lives, or our family lives – if we do not depend on God to build it, we labor in vain. Businesses fail that should seemingly prosper. Perfect marriages end. Too late do those involved learn the truth of this message that unless the Lord builds it, all the work they have done is vanity.
Oh Lord, how easily I make my plans not only without consulting You but without even considering being obedient to You. Teach me how to seek You first. Teach me how to depend on You as I labor so that my work, my marriage and all parts of my life will have a positive affect on me and on others as they learn about You.