Father, your great king Solomon reminded us that unless you build a house, those who build it labor in vain. That unless you watch over a city, those who guard it stay awake in vain. That our late nights, our early mornings, our anxious toiling day after day without you is vanity and chasing after the wind.
Father, this morning we want to acknowledge those truths and also your faithful provision for those whose hearts are devoted to you. Lord, Solomon also tells us in the same chapter of the Psalms that you grant rest to those you love and that the toiling and hardship we experience in this world isn’t meant as punishment, it’s meant to reveal and to emphasize in our hearts our complete dependence upon you as our creator and sustainer.
Abel acknowledged his dependence upon you and you honored his sacrifice over Cain’s. Abraham acknowledged his dependence upon you and it was counted to him as righteousness. Hezekiah acknowledged his dependence upon you and you slew 185,000 enemy soldiers in one night. Joseph of Aramathea acknowledged his dependence upon you and you allowed him to see his risen Savior, Jesus, in fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophecies he had studied all his life.
Father, all of these believers experienced great pain and suffering, yet you provided in them also a persevering faith in you as their savior. In the same way, Father, we want to acknowledge the pain we have experienced as from your hand—individually and for this group of believers in you known as Redeemer Bible Church. And now, even as it appears you are leading us into a new chapter in the life of this body, we want to hold the decision on a new preaching pastor with an open hand. And we want to acknowledge our complete and utter dependence upon you, Lord, in this decision. And we want to say plainly that it is our faith and trust in Jesus and Jesus alone—a faith that you have provided, in your love for us—that will sustain.
We ask you to build your house, Lord, in our lives and in this church. Allow us to stay awake and keep watch over each other in your power. And as we toil in a fallen world together, allow us to rest in the work Jesus did for us on the cross at Calvary and hope in His righteousness alone, which will allow us to see you face to face in your house with many rooms.
And it is in the name of our Savior, Jesus, we pray. Amen.