Unless the LORD builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain; unless the LORD watches over a city, the watchman stays alert in vain. — Psalm 127:1


Do the implications presented in this verse grab your attention? Do you labor or stay alert in vain? Perhaps you’ve heard the statement, “Where there is smoke; there must be fire.” The unconditional love of God is the “smoke” that demands a response of obedience, especially when it comes to our daily labor.

God, in His infinite wisdom, allows us to choose between doing things our way or His way. There are painful lessons to be learned from laboring and staying awake in vain, without the residing power of God’s Spirit. God’s preference is for us to enter into that quiet place of rest and abide in Him. He commands us to cease striving and know that He is God!

Every coach must be built up, framed, and have a solid foundation in the Scriptures. May God, by His great grace, abound in your life powerfully as you abide and rest in His Son, Jesus Christ.


1. When is the last time you labored in vain?
2. How many unnecessary hours have you put in that ended up being unproductive?


Extra Reading: Psalms 23:1; 31:24; 37:7


Father God, thank You for building me up in Your truth through the power of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bible Reference: 
Psalms 127