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  • Writer's picture~Kimberly Oden

What are You Building & Does it Rob You of Rest?

Have you ever learned something or received fresh revelation about something only to seemingly unlearn it when new circumstances arise?

That question surfaced as I read Psalm 127 today. King Solomon writes,

“Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.

Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.

It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat,

for God gives rest to his loved ones.”

My dad says you can tell the success of a city by the # of booms in the sky. I wonder if we can tell personal success by our quality of rest?

My husband & I are in new positions with the same company & we’re so grateful! The new position requires an hour commute each way so our day begins at 4am & we usually arrive home around 6pm. It’s a loooomg day of togetherness & I’m quickly finding that the less pressing things, (like actually spending time with my husband AS my husband) has slid to the back burner of priorities.

I KNOW the importance of work-life balance & I KNOW the truth of Psalm 127, but sometimes we just need to be reminded of what we already know 🙃

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to build anything or guard anything that the Lord has not created.

The new positions & pay are lovely, they are providing for our family. Anytime we continually focus on the provision instead of the will of the Provider, however, we quickly find ourselves working tirelessly & lacking rest.

God promises rest to His loved ones. Rest might look different for all of us...time with loved ones, taking an actual lunch break or maybe making more time for sleep! 😂

Father, You are the Good Giver of ALL things. Reveal to us this morning if there is anything we are trying to build apart from You. Show us if we are trying to guard something that You didn’t build. We want to live a life of Divine purpose & that does not include anxiously working for anything. Thank you for giving us what only You can provide, rest from our troubles & burdens because, Jesus, You promise to bear them all. We simply need to entrust them to You & allow Your rest to settle in their absence.

💡Hosea 10:1-14:9

💡Jude 1:1-25

💡Psalm 127:1-5

💡Proverbs 29:15-17


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