Read Psalm 127
Focus on verse 1
I can build simple structures. My building experience began many years ago when I built a crude chicken coop to house my first agricultural enterprise…five chickens. The build was a success as all five chickens survived for several years in that coop. Not only did they survive, they multiplied from five to nearly twenty the next year. The most complex thing I have built since then was a family room annex that I added to the modular home we lived in a few years back. Then a few years later when we decided to custom build an entire home, we engaged the services of a more experienced builder…a master builder, who helped us to make certain it was constructed in a manner that would last for a long time. As far as I know that house is still standing.
When it comes to building a “home” there is much more involved than just building a house. A home is where a family learns to dwell and thrive together. The Psalmist suggests that unless God is involved in the building process those who labor at it labor in vain, as the home will most likely not stand the tests that come along as time goes by. “Unless the Lord builds the house those who build it labor in vain.” (v. 1) This was the theme verse of our wedding some thirty-one years ago, and I would humbly suggest that our family is a testimony of the truth of that statement. Three of our four children are now adults. Two of those three are married. All six are not only productive members of their community but active followers of Jesus. This is not my doing. It would be a mistake for me to take credit for what God has done with our family. Certainly there have been some things that we have done very intentionally as parents to nurture the process along, but I would heartily agree with the psalmist in this, that if the Lord had not been the master builder in this project, my labors would have been in vain. Perhaps the best I can do is to daily be thankful and praise Him for the awesome job He is doing of building my house.