March 21, 2011 § 1 Comment
Will we eat the fruit of our labor this week? Will blessings and prosperity be ours? We may think that the answers to these questions can only be in the affirmative if we really work hard and accomplish the goals we set for ourselves today. But Psalm 128 is very clear on the origin and nature of a fruitful life: “Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways… may the Lord bless you from Zion all the days of your life…” (128:1, 5). Fruitfulness is a gift from God and not the result of our achievements. Because you can work and achieve all your goals, but still not receive fruitfulness in your life if your primary focus and goal is not to fear the Lord and to walk in his ways. We have many important things to do this week, and the pressure is on us to deliver on so many levels. And yet, all those demands and important goals for the week occur on a path that belongs to God. He will lead us in many directions this week, and we are called to follow them no matter where He leads us. The things to do will have its place on this week’s road, but many surprises will emerge that we cannot foresee in the midst of our agendas for the week. Are we ready to go where the Lord leads, and are we ready to keep our focus on Him in the midst of our set agendas?