April 9th, 2019
God Gives Rest and Peace
Psalm 127:1-2 (KJB) A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
These verses remind me of Martha and Mary. One toiled busily while the other sat at the feet of Jesus in rest as was recorded in the Bible in the book of John.
God presents conflicting views of work and rest in these passages for our learning and personal application. There is God’s work and the work of mankind. They are not found at the same end of the spiritual spectrum. God’s work is of a spiritual nature and divinely takes places inside the heart and mind of a person. While work in this world always concerns material matters and things this world.
In the biblical account of Mary and Martha. Martha chose to be busy about concerns of the here and now. She was excited to have a distinguished visitor coming to her house who was Jesus in the flesh. While this was important and indeed Mary desired for her home and offerings to be the best of the best, she did not consider preparing herself to drink into her heart anything of a spiritual nature. Mary, on the other hand, was willing to rest peacefully at the feet of Jesus and hear and receive that which He had to offer rather than be encumbered with many things of this world which had no eternal meaning.
While neither woman was wrong. It is always best to be prepared spiritually in our hearts before taking on the many cares and concerns in this world. What Jesus and His Word teach us can be applied to our lives and last forever. Worries and considerations of this world will pass away with no eternal significance. Marth was concerned with cares of today. Mary was content to learn about things of God always good for learning about today and tomorrow.