Unless the LORD

Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.

Psalm 127:1

LORD Jesus, we come before You today to thank You for keeping us throughout this week. Where would we be without You, O LORD? Without You we get so tired and wearied, we stumble and fall. You promise us in Your Word that if we wait on the LORD we will renew our strength; we shall mount up with wings like eagles; we shall run and not be weary; we shall walk and not faint. What a promise this is that You have given us in Isaiah 40:31! Help us, O LORD, to wait on You. Things may seem to look hopeless especially whenever we are too tired and weak to find words to pray, but You are right there with us. Enable us, O God, by Your Grace to keep our eyes steady on You no matter what comes along our way. Be our Strength and Comfort and Peace. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

What do you do when you fall into a faint during suffering?

Unless the LORD had been my help,
My soul would soon have settled in silence.
If I say, “My foot slips,”
Your mercy, O LORD, will hold me up.
In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.

Psalm 94:17-19

This Psalm came to my mind yesterday after I had just read Psalm 127. And the words “Unless the LORD” jumped right off the page. So I did a research of that phrase and found it in these passages of Scriptures: Psalm 94:17, Psalm 127:1, Isaiah 1:9, Mark 13:20, and Romans 9:29 (which is referring to Isaiah 1:9)

Psalm 94:17 talks about the LORD being our Help and Psalm 127:1 mentions building a house and watching over a city. Isaiah 1:9 points to a very small remnant that the LORD had left for Israel and Mark 13:20 refers to the LORD shortening troublesome days to save His people.

Unless the LORD builds and watches over it. You see, unless the LORD builds — your education, your marriage, your family, your home — you will labor in vain. It is He who will build it, watch over it, and strengthen it. Trust in Him and acknowledge Him in all your ways — no matter if you are highly educated or not, married or not, having children or not, owning a house or not.

Unless the LORD leaves a remnant. Alone? Even if you think you are the only Christian in your family and in your community know that He is right there with you. Ask Him and He will bring to your attention a remnant of His people to surround you and guide you.

Unless the LORD shortens the days of hardships. Suffering? Also know that when you have to go through troublesome days He will not let you face more than you can handle.

Unless the LORD had been my help. Last night, as I was going through another hardship, I felt chilly all the sudden; then Jesus wrapped His Arms around me and kept me warm. I needed to stay alert, and so He gave me strength to stay awake until the early morning hours. As soon as I trusted Him to be in full control over everything that is going on during that night the heavy burden was lifted.

Did I have weak moments? Yes, I sure did. I cried out for help. I begged for this to stop. I wanted to go home. But I had to endure for another little while. And just when I thought I could take no more my LORD saved me!

Has He not been there all along? He sure has! I just couldn’t see because I had focused too much on the physical realm and on myself.

Are you trying to face life’s battles in your own strength? Please don’t. Let go of self. Remember that, “Unless the LORD” takes care of it you will labor in vain. Reset your focus. Trust that He remains fully in control and that He will guide you through this.

Press on, sister, by His Strength!

About Mirjam Fels

Born in Germany and called in the US to be a child of God in 1992. I'm now living in the Sunny South East of Ireland where I enjoy being a helper, homemaker, and writer. Some of my hobbies are baking breads and apple crumble cakes, knitting socks, crocheting things for the home, and sewing. I love to write about biblical womanhood, dog training, home education, and writing — all from a Christian perspective.
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