Twenty-fourth Sunday After Pentecost
November 8, 2015
- First reading and Psalm
- Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17
- Psalm 127
- Second reading
A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of Solomon.
1 Unless the Lord builds a house,
the work of the builders is wasted.
Unless the Lord protects a city,
guarding it with sentries will do no good.
2 It is useless for you to work so hard
from early morning until late at night,
anxiously working for food to eat;
for God gives rest to his loved ones.
3 Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from him.
4 Children born to a young man
are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.
5 How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!
He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.
How true these words are and the Lord has been teaching me each and every day of late. So many times we go around trying to create kingdoms of our own making. This is not what the Lord requires. The Lord requires that we seek Him. It might not always be comfortable…it hasn’t been comfortable to wait on the Lord over the last few months At the moment, we have to wait a few more months until churches start opening again.
However this is where God teaches us – this is where we learn. We learn in the waiting times – waiting for the Lord to build the house. One of the things that I have learned over the last few months is the importance of rest. For a long time, I haven’t had a day of rest – that stopped a few months ago when I started working full time at Chick-fil-A. All of a sudden I had Wednesdays off. Over the last few weeks, I have guarded my time off ferociously. This is my one day a week that I can spend completely with Pam and rest my body and spirit. It has been great. I have been taking advantage of the rest that the Lord has been giving me and in turn, He has been sustaining me through some long weeks.
Are you allowing God to work through you, or are you building your own kingdom? Something to think about.
God our redeemer,
in sustaining the lives of Naomi and Ruth,
you gave new life to your people.
We ask that from age to age,
new generations may be born
to restore life and nourish the weak,
by returning to you
those things we once thought ours. Amen.