This verse has been on my mind even before reading this morning. Six years have come and gone at Cornerstone and our numbers have not grown. We are a remarkably stable church in a transient community, but see few visitors each week. We’ve done some good things in terms of caring for the needy and have a mission-minded desire. Though it wasn’t the intent, I would have liked to see substantial growth as a result. All of this has made me gun-shy of trying new things, I think. That’s the bad. The good is that it has also left me without any faith in myself. I have been anxious about our future and susceptible to the whispers of the enemy that would have me question my place. These verses are such a refreshing reminder. They are also a challenge. How do I work hard and look to the Lord to build his house at the same time?
Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:1-2 ESV)
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: Jos 3, Ps 126-128, Is 63, Mt 11