It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2)
Today’s big question: what should parents be working toward?
The early bird catches the worm. If you want to get the goods, you have to get up early, work hard, and go to bed late. The world will tell you that you can reach for anything you want and determine your own destiny. Sadly, so will some churches. The message today is that if you can work hard enough and smart enough, you can provide anything you want for you and your family—the great American dream.
In today’s passage, the Psalmist reveals that when our eyes are not on God, our hard work will only bring anxiety or sorrow. Basically, if our view of security is in the things of this world, we are reaching for a false security.
In Hebrews 11:13–15 we read about some of the great men of faith (Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, etc.) who realized that they were strangers in a foreign land and lived their life in view of their heavenly home. This is much the same message that we see for the family in this great psalm. Our security is not found in the things of this world, and we will never find rest while toiling for material possessions or earthly treasures. True rest is only ever found in God.
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