Except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; except the Lord keeps the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of [anxious] toil—for He gives [blessings] to His beloved in sleep.
(Ps 127:1-2 Amp)
The second verse above can be likened to the average life style of typical hardworking Lagosian. Let me prove this to you: because he/she works on the Island and lives in the mainland and sometimes even in the hinterland. There is need to wake up by 4am, leave the house latest by 5am to beat the Lagos traffic Furthermore even though work closes at 5pm one does not get home until around 10pm and sometimes 11pm. Only to be paid at most N 200,000.
Even though you think this is not to bad the bible refers to this condition as anxious toil. This is not God’s best nor His perfect will for you. You are simply hustling! J it is ust that your hustle is the white-collar type. Remember that the blessings of God makes rich and adds no sorrow. If I am to put this scripture in contemporary language it means: God’s blessings does not stress you or induce stress
You have to admit that this kind of life style breed stress, there is a far better way to live.
Interestingly from the scripture above we see that even during sleep God gives His blessings, this mean his blessing does not require our labor.
Let me give you a typical example of someone that enjoys this blessing.
Checkout this Interesting fact:
Bill gates makes $ 42.83 every second and $2,570.24 every hour, if He sleeps for 7 hours every night, it means he wakes up $17,641.68 richer ( N 3,634,186) .
This far beyond what anxious toil even makes in a whole Year,
Do you now see that there is a far better way! The secret to this is revealed in the verse one, it says except The lord builds a house every labor will only produce anxious toil. How then can the Lord build a house?
Through wisdom is a house builded; And by understanding it is established; And by knowledge are the chambers filled With all precious and pleasant riches (Prov 24:3-4)
The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth;
by understanding hath he established the heavens(Prov 3:19)
Wisdom is God’s ultimate tool
This why he referred to it as The Principal thing ( Prov 4:7). What then is the definition of wisdom in this context?
“Wisdom is simply discovering your place (Your assignment) and walking in it”
This kind of wisdom that prevents anxious toil is not prayed for but searched out. See what Solomon the wisest man in his time has to say about this.
I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things (Ecc 7:25)
Moses: It was not until he discovered his assignment (after the burning bush experience) that he seized from the anxious toil race of being his father in-law’s shepherd.
Joseph: It was not until Joseph Got to Egypt that he discovered he was not Just a Dreamer but He could interpreter dreams. And his interpretation made him become the most powerful man in the world at his time.
Jesus: Until Jesus located his assignment he could not become renown in the city and he may have remained just the carpenter’s son.
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears (Luke 4:17-20)
God did not create you to work for the rest of your life; He implanted in you a divine assignment. Your greatness in life is tied to your discovery of this and your walking in this. There is a particular solution to a world problem that only you can offer!
If you indeed what to discover what it is, say this prayer with me:
The only wise God, I come to you today, I confess that on my own I can’t make much of life, I say that as far as my assignment is, lord am blind, Please restore my sight, show me what I have been sent to this world to accomplish. I promise to leave anxious toil and live my life in accordance to your plans for me, thank you father in Jesus name.
If you said that prayer from your heart I want to congratulate you and let you know that your life will take a new turn and you will be receiving inspirations and ideas from God. Act on these and see your life soar.
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You are blessed.
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