In the world but not of it

April 20, 2010

General contractor…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Psalms 127:1

Thomas Edison is famous for not only his inventions but also his quotes. Many of you will recall his quote about failure “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”…

But this passage is not specifically about hard work or effort. It is also not meant to say that our responsibility to work hard is negated or minimized. It is about the simple principle that God’s direction in our lives and our willingness to submit and let Him lead us is what will bring the ultimate fulfillment and success in all we do.

God expects us to work hard. He expects us to use the mind we’ve been given, to educate ourselves and continue to learn and discover. God wants us to be active and involved, to venture and step out. Too many get complacent and lazy, expecting God will do all the work. Another great Edison quote brings this principle home “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”…

But while we are working we need to be waiting on the Lord. To wait on Him is an active process. It is not passive, meaning we sit and wait looking for something to happen. No, to wait on the Lord is to work diligently where we are while we pray and while we worship and while we pray some more.

We work while God orchestrates the events in our lives, especially those we don’t ever see, to bring about His purposes and our blessings. We wait by committing each day and activity to Him and by trusting Him to lead us in our relationships and conversations. We wait by trusting Him in our trials and difficulties even when we are standing at the impassable Red Sea…

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