Psalms 127:1 – “Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.”
I’m probably not alone when feeling frustrated when something requiring an investment of time, energy and/or resources produces disappointing results. Typically, more time and energy afterwards are wasted by complaining about the situation to anyone giving me a sympathetic ear.
Today’s text provides us instructions for avoiding fruitless activities. We are warned without the Lord’s involvement our actions are futile. To counter there are several actions to take so He has an open invitation into everything we are doing. One is by having the right focus. Colossians 3:23 says it best: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
Also, seeking His guidance. James 1:5 encourages us to ask the Lord for wisdom of which He gives generously. We probably would consistently experience satisfying results when intentionally pausing and asking Him for wisdom and guidance before starting and expressing gratitude for His help upon completion.
Finally, is the consideration of our attitude before undertaking tasks. Philippians 2:14 encourages us to do things without grumbling or arguing. This can be accomplished by praying for the well-being of those who are delegating to or depending on us for task completion. The more we view our assignments as a way glorifying the Lord the more, we find joy and fulfillment.
Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to keep our focus on you throughout each day. Our desire is seeking your guidance for both our mundane and compelling activities. We ask all of our endeavors are used to bring you glory. In the Strong Name of Jesus. Amen