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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, February 4, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Life without God is senseless; all of life’s work—building a home, establishing a career, and raising a family—must have God as the foundation.
Families establish homes and sentries guard cities, but both these activities are futile unless God is in them. A family with God can never experience the spiritual bond God brings to relationships. A city without God will crumble from evil and corruption on the inside. Don’t make a mistake leaving Him out of your life. If you do, leave God out of your life, all your accomplishments will be futile. Make God your highest priority, and let Him do the building.
God is not against human effort. Hard work honors God. But working to the exclusion of rest or to the neglect of family may be a cover-up for an inability to trust God to provide for our needs. We all need adequate rest and times of spiritual refreshment. On the other hand, this verse is not an excuse to be lazy. Be careful to maintain a balance. Work while trusting God, and also rest while trusting him. (NLT)
Psalm 127:1-2 – Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builder is useless. 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.
Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. –Psalm 127:1 (NIV)
Faith Ford (United Kingdom) titled her story “NEW PURPOSE;” here is a portion of Faith’s story:
“We were on holiday in York . . . During our stay, we observed workmen restoring an old building nearby. . . .
“Later, while praying and listening for God one morning, I remembered Psalm 127:1: ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.’ I invited God to transform my life, regarding it as God’s temple to be restored, renewed, and improved. Thinking of the builders, I was nervous that my inner change might be radical or painful; but I remembered that God always comes to us lovingly to restore us, to strengthen us, and to give us new purpose.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God can restore me and give me new purpose.
Prayer: Dear God, may we be open to the changes you make so that we can be more effective in your service. Amen.
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