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.
These two verse, believed by many to have been penned by Solomon, lay out for believers a crucial truth that bears repeating. All of our efforts to do anything, if not done in the strength that the LORD supplies, are in vain.
I love the picture from verse two. You can imagine (as this describes many of us) a man working up a storm during the day and into the wee hours of the night trying frantically to get things done. Now….the reality is that life works like that sometimes. Sometimes life involves late nights for whatever reason, but how many late nights of wrestless toil can be attributed to a lack of dependence on the LORD. Resting in Him allows us to rest at night.
In Colossians 3:17 Paul writes,
And in whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
EVERYTHING we do should be done for the glory of the LORD and with the strength that he provides.