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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

DON’T LABOR IN VAIN

Psalm 127:1 New Living Translation
A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.  A psalm of Solomon.
“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.”
         Did you know that you can actually hinder the plans of God in your life? It’s true. You pray, seek God’s face, ask for His will, yet in your heart you want a certain thing to take place. You see an opening for that certain thing to become a reality and jump at it, telling yourself that it is God’s will. The reality of it is that you have pushed your own will in front of God’s. If this is suggested to you, you deny this to be the case. God has allowed you to have your way. He is there watching, yet not interfering with what you have talked yourself into believing was the only right choice for you to make.
            It would seem this scenario is quite common in believer’s lives.  I don’t see it as disobedience as much as I see it as a combination of stubbornness and spiritual immaturity.  In any situation God either causes or allows, there are lessons to be learned. We must learn those lessons well or we will be destined to relive them over again until we understand what God is trying to reveal to us about ourselves in relation to God.
            God is a willing teacher, however, we are not always listening. It is God’s desire to be a part of every decision and plan we make. Where we work, where we go to college, where we go to church. He cares who we date and who we marry.  He cares because he knows the beginning from the end and everything in between. The Lord only wishes the very best for us and tries to lead us in that direction. God’s way is the right way every time. There is no fault or failing in Him. His wisdom is reliable, His plans steadfast and true. Wherever the Lord leads you is where you need to be for that time. The only way you can know this is to truly know God. You can only know God by spending time with Him. If you spend time with Him, no matter how great or small, you will be less likely to labor in vain building something that “seems right to you” yet only ends up standing in His way. Submit to Him with a willing heart and spirit and watch the scenery slowly change.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible, published by Tyndale House.
Proverbs 14:12 The Amplified Bible “There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.”

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