Day 5 - Vain Labor
1 A psalm of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is useless. 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 sharp arrows in a warrior's hands.
5 How happy 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.
This lesson is two very simple messages.
1) "all labor spent on anything God Himself has not built is in vain." We know that prayers are answered and that God is control so our focus on anything other than what He is building is a waste of our energy.
2) I kind of like verse 2 don't you! It seems as if it is an invitation to take a nap! We need time for adequate rest and time for spiritual refreshment.