The Sweet Christian Bride

Thought for the Week: Psalm 127: 1-2

by admin on September 16, 2012 in Thought for the Week with No Comments

“Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves” (Psalm 127:1-2).

The practical application for this passage, in the context of your wedding, is pretty clear: Don’t make all your plans for your benefit or it will all be done in vain.  Plan for God’s glory instead, and He will provide.

But there is a less obvious application here as well.  How many of you brides are up to your ears in debt?  How many of you are working full time and/or taking a full load of classes?  How many of you are in toxic family, friend, or work situations that make every day scary and grueling?  How many of you are fighting illness or are grieving a loss?

There are so many situations that can make an engagement or a wedding seem unimportant or self-serving.  Those same situations can also make someone feel alone or hopeless.  Yet through any circumstance, when God is in it, He will use it for His glory for those who love Him (Romans 8:28).  Your life is not in vain when each circumstance is lived with and for the Lord, no matter how overwhelming or trivial it might seem.  There is weight in your decisions, even if they are more luxurious than practical or more leisurely than productive, when you make them for God’s glory.  In Him, nothing you do in life is in vain.

Lord, I know my money can go to other things that are more important than a wedding.  I know that I don’t need a big wedding to have a great marriage.  And I know that there are other imminent needs in my life that deserve more attention than my wedding planning.  But please, Lord, show me how to plan my wedding for Your glory so that I would rejoice to spend time on it and not feel distracted or guilty or selfish.  To Your glory, not to mine.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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