O LORD, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, hope in the LORD
from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 131:1-3)

This is a good truth to remember for us with responsibilities in life – especially for those of us with spiritual responsibilities. But all of us have some spiritual responsibilities toward others – if only to be a good Christian worker or Christian neighbour – so this psalm is universally meaningful. We need not occupy ourselves with things too marvelous for us. God is God and we are not.

We take responsibility seriously, and we should do so. Whatever role we play we stand in a key position, a meaningful link, in the work of God. The Lord said through the prophet Ezekiel:

And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. (Ezekiel 22:30)

So to pray, to teach, to encourage, to witness, to give, to help others, to merely do the right thing and not to do the wrong thing – all of these are important. We stand in the gap in our positions of spiritual leadership, and whether they are great or small in the eyes of others, in the eyes of the Lord they are precious.

Yet it is also good to remember that the work does not depend on us alone. It rests upon the shoulders of God. The workman (or workwoman) passes away yet the work of the Lord goes on. As God said to Joshua so He says to each of us: “Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you” (Joshua 1:5). And these words need to be heard by the Moses’s as much as by the Joshua’s.

The Lord is the Lord of the Harvest, and He sustains the work. Rest in this truth today. Take your responsibilities seriously. Do your best in the power of the Spirit in whatever God has entrusted to you. But do not trouble yourself with things too great for you. Leave the mysteries of life and ministry and time into the hands of the Almighty where they belong. And He will increase your peace in what you do for Him.

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