In case you didn’t know, I’m a planner.
I may or may not have three organizers at present with a large calendar splayed across my wall too.
Then, there’s the random things jotted in my phone’s notes and pieces of paper in my bags reminding me of things that I need to do.
All in all, I think it’s safe to say that I like a sense of organization to be prevalent in my life. A sense of order and control.
So, when the Lord brought me to this verse (Psalm 127:1) late last night, conviction hit me like a grace-filled ton of bricks.
The verse says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.”
In my mind I have this set of ideas for how I think things ought to go. I have the blueprint of the house I’m building all laid out and I’ve got my eyes peeled for any possible attacks. I’m ready.
Or so I thought.
I love how the Cambridge Bible Commentary worded the meaning behind this verse: “The industry of the builder, the vigilance of the watchman, are in vain without Jehovah’s cooperation.”
We can build and build. We can watch and watch. But really how far do our greatest efforts go? If we are doing everything in and of our own strength and without the blessing of God, are we truly accomplishing anything of significance?
There’s nothing wrong with planning or working hard. There’s nothing wrong with being proactive and prepared. The only issue is when we do all of these things without the Divine leadership of our Father in heaven.
Especially when it comes to the more personal things. We have a specific time we want something to come about, the finished result to be handed to us like a Christmas gift. And we strive towards that goal without taking into account that without God, our plans are without foundation. We might as well be building on sand.
I think the moment we actually begin to believe that God, among many other traits, is a Good Father, our perspectives will begin to change.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s devotional, He longs to give His children good gifts, but if we continue doing everything according to our own plan, our own interpretation, things will go awry.
Instead of working alone, allow the hand of God to build something inside of you before you set your hands to the task before you.
Psalm 119:148 reads, “My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.”
Anticipate the periods of waiting, of uncertainty because it is in these moments that we can curl into God’s open arms and learn from Him. It is in these night watches, when it seems like the darkness will never end and that the enemy could arise at any moment, that we truly begin to understand God is the only One who can satisfy the deepest longings of our heart.
He is the Gift and the Giver. And I love Him.