“Unless the Lord builds a house, they labor in vain who build it.
Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early, the retire late,
to eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”
Psalm 127:1-2 (NAS)
What a beautiful picture of our Great Loving Father, God, providing and protecting even while we sleep! I surely want His blessing on my life, my family, and my home, and I hope that you do as well! But what does it mean to have this kind of blessing and how do I get it? God loves everyone, but that does not mean that everyone lives under these conditions. Follow along as we seek God’s blessing…
Let’s begin in Exodus 20:4-6, where we find the second of the Ten Commandments, “You shall not make for yourself any idols…you shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.” God goes on to say in the next verse that there will be punishment NOT ONLY to those who break this law, but ALSO on their children and on through three and four generations! Then in verse six we find hope, God says this, “But I lavish my love on those who love me and obey my commands, even for a thousand generations.”
I do believe some of us are living under that love lavished out upon us as a result of godly ancestors! Sometimes I think our country has been so blessed in the past because of godly men and women who founded this great nation on godly principles and commands. But the Bible is clear, sin does not go unpunished and God means what He says.
If we love God, worship none but Him, and honor Him in our lives, He will not only lavish His love on us but on our future generations – our children, our children’s children, and their children, and so on for a thousand generations! I’d say that is God’s blessing!
Jesus says In John 14:15,
“If you love me, obey my commandments.”
It is not enough to just say we love God. We must OBEY His commandments. God sent Jesus to fulfill the law and to live it – to show us by example how we should live. So much of what Jesus said, taught, and did is recorded in the Bible in the first four books of the New Testament, known as the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. When asked what the most important of the commandments was, Jesus responded that the first and most important commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength! That means no idols – giving God first priority in EVERY area of our lives! And He was quick to add that the second was equally important, to love your neighbor as you love yourself.
“You shall love the Lord your God
with all our heart,
and with all your soul,
and with all your mind,
and with all your strength!”
Mark 12:30 (NAS)
Our home, our family, our friends, our activities, and our possessions must NOT be more important than worshiping, serving, and honoring God! That is easier said than done – but it is what God commands! It is what we must do if we want that relationship of a loving Father that cares for us, protects us, and provides for us even when we sleep. It is what we must do to lead our children and their children to that right relationship with God. When we do this, we truly don’t have to worry about anything. He goes before us and behind us and is always working trials and temptations out on our behalf.
He becomes our all in all, our Lord and Master, and we realize our rightful place in relationship to a Holy God. We are but stewards or managers of all the things God provides for us, and we live with a realization and demonstration that He is God! He is our all in all! What He commands, we will obey. We will follow, because we know His way is best.
It is wise to seek God’s blessing in building your house…
which includes your life, your family, and your relationships.
I will seek God’s blessing by loving Him with all my heart, my soul, my mind, and my strength. He will know I am sincere in my love for Him by the way I live my life!
Love and Blessings,