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.
Sometimes the best thing we can do for our spiritual life is stop. What does that mean in our crazy busy daily existence? It means that sometimes the best thing to demonstrate our trust in God is to lay everything aside and practice rest, rest in Him. As we enter into this advent season, let’s seek to be present to both God and others by laying some of our busy schedules aside and practice being present with those we love. Let us especially remember the importance of friends and family during this holiday season.
For example, I am trying to practice rest by setting aside some of my work, logging off social media at times, and holding my loved one’s close. As I reflect on what it is that people typically remember about those they love.. it is these things; their laugh, quirks, personality traits, and how they love. They never talk about success, bank accounts, or jobs. Rather, they talk ABOUT the people themselves.
Let’s remember that rest and play can be a sort-of spiritual discipline, an act of submission to God. Anxious toil demonstrates a lack of trust in HIM. Let’s remember these truths, “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.” (Psalm 127:1-2) Without God’s involvement, our striving won’t get us anywhere anyways. Let’s encourage each other to rest, fellowship, and find joy in the presence of those we love.