February 22, 2021
“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early, and stay late, toiling for food to eat; for He grants sleep to those He loves.”
All relationships need work. Each relationship we have is in a constant state of change. These relationships grow, develop, change and become different throughout our lives. Some last a lifetime while others come and go throughout the seasons of our lives. When we look at all our varied relationships, we notice that each one truly is a bit different. Each requires a different level of “work”. But they all do require various forms of effort on our part to remain or become healthy, purposeful and even thriving. Some relationships seem effortless at times, and then seem to require more effort at other times. How can we know how and what “work” to do in our relationships? Great question! Each and every relationship we have must be built on a solid, unchanging foundation. A foundation of faith in knowing and desiring what God wants for all of our relationships should be our vision. When we take time to know and grow this understanding of God’s foundational expectations for ALL relationships, we can use that as our guide to lead us as we “work” to maintain healthy and blessed relationships.
Thank you for the guide that You provided me as I live my life. Your Word is the foundation upon which You desire for me to live each day. I thank you for the relationships you have placed in my life. I am learning that You desire for each one of them to be built upon Your solid foundation. Thank You for providing that foundation. Lord, some of my relationships seem to be strong, and others are crumbling beneath the weight of many struggles. This day, I ask You to breathe your Holy Spirit into the very foundation of each relationship I have, especially the ones that You are calling to my mind today that are in need of repair. Replace my hopelessness with hope. Replace my mistrust with faith. Replace my fear with confidence. And replace my pain with joy. As the words of Psalm 127 remind me, may You be the builder of my house. May You watch over my house and bring rest to my soul as You strengthen my faith and hope in the solid foundation You provide. In Jesus name, Amen!