Sunday, April 30, 2017

Journey Church


  • Average US worker puts in 48 hours per week. 39% work 50+ hours each week (Gallup Poll). Despite the fact that only 13% of us like going to work
  • Pat Riley:
    • “But now his kids are grown, 32 and 28, with lives of their own and no time for a compound. They’re busy. He waited too long.”
  • “You know the greatest lie in the world?” he says, starting to laugh, “Pat’s retiring to Malibu.”
  • No Regrets Series / Regret #2: “I Wish I Hadn’t Worked so Hard.”
    • Bronnie Ware: “All of the men I cared for deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”
  • Not talking about working hard to provide or pay the bills. Working hard or too much because their identity and significance was wrapped up in their career; and at the end, they regretted it.


TEXT: Psalm 127 (473)

1Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.

  • God’s sovereignty and providence over all things.
  • That without God’s blessing and guidance, we can work, work, work without getting anywhere
  • We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. – Proverbs 16:9 (492)
  • You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. – Proverbs 19:21 (494)
  • Not defining what a healthy workweek looks like (what time you should start, call it a day) – somewhat subjective
  • ANXIETY (I’m not going to HAVE enough if I don’t keep going) or SELFISH AMBITION (I’m not going to BE enough if I don’t keep going)


Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.

  • Washington Post / Allison Klein / Family dinner (importance)
    • Higher grades / healthier eating habits / less inclination for drug addiction / lower rates of depression / higher self-esteem
    • Dinner conversation is better for a child’s vocabulary than reading
    • Lowers the rates of obesity and eating disorders in children and teens
  • Book – George: “I worked too hard and now I am a lonely, dying man. The worst part is that I have been lonely for the whole of my retirement, and I need not have been.”


The issue that Solomon writes about in this Psalm and the cause of regret for so many people at the end of their lives is not the issue of work. It’s the issue of who do you trust.

  • Jesus in Sermon on Mount
    • 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. – Matthew 6:31-33 (738)
  • That allows us to work FROM assurance, not FOR
  • The solution to this regret: The Sabbath
    • Found in creation account / Big deal throughout the OT (Made the Ten Commandments)
      • Sabbath is a part of God teaching His people to trust Him
      • Taken out of slavery in Egypt – work, work, work to survive – you’re not going to have to live like that – I want you to trust Me
        • Sabbath – work six days, take one off to rest and focus on Me (EX: gathering food in the wilderness) – I will provide
        • Let the land rest every seventh year – I will provide
        • Give the tithe to My house – I will provide
      • It was a struggle that the Israelites often failed
      • It’s a struggle for most of us – the struggle to believe that God would really provide for us – not in a “barely getting by” way, but in an, “I am going to blow you away” kind of way

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