23rd July 2020
'Unless the Lord watches'
1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labour in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
2 In vain you rise early and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat -
for he grants sleep to those he loves.
These verses have been favourites of mine for a long time.
Over this very strange and difficult time with the Corvid 19 lock down,
we have had to think very carefully about the direction the church is going.
No congregating to worship together has been hard.
Simply put, the coronavirus pandemic is fundamentally changing how we do and be church.
Churches have been inventive and embraced social media,
Zoom, Facebook, Team and other forms of Social Media
but now the lock down is easing where are we going to go from here?
This pandemic has highlighted
the importance of certain characteristic Christian practices.
We are encouraged into action,
to check in on friends and family by phone or internet,
or to deliver groceries to those in need.
However, if ever I'm tempted to worry about the church, and I have,
I remember that it is God's house and ultimately only he can build it.
Our efforts, by themselves, are in vain.
He is not only the builder of the church, he is also it's protector.
These truths lighten the burden and help us to trust in God.
Whether you are a minister, business owner, stay-at-home mum,
nurse, shop assistant, whatever we are, wherever we are,
we need to learn the secret of casting our cares on God.
He is the builder and protector of our lives
and knows what battles we face.
All that we need comes from God:
the house that brings us protection;
the food and daily provisions we need to sustain life;
the children who are our joy.
We can bring none of this about by ourselves.
We are totally dependent on God.
If we commit all that we begin to the Lord;
submit all that we have to the Lord;
recognize all that we have comes from God's hand
and trust God to meet all your needs.
We can rest secure.
When we try to do things apart from God,
we miss out on God's blessing.
We wear ourselves out,
and the things we do will not last
and this applies to everything we do as human beings.
We need to put God front and centre in our lives
and learn to rest in God's blessing
and provision in our homes and in our lives.
We can rest in God's blessing because all that we need comes from God.
It doesn't depend on us.
It never did, and it never will.
Will you rest in God's blessing and provision today?