A Sound Blueprint
Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 125-127
Key verses: Psalm 127:1-2
“Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand in vain.”
I know a few guys who have made their living as contractors; carpenters; bricklayers; you know, real “blue collar” hard-working laborers. I have often stood by and watched with some amazement at their ability to deftly handle the tools of their chosen trades.
On the other hand, I also feel like I’ve accomplished something when I can hammer a nail into a wall without bending it. A “wordsmith” I might try to be; an expert at building – hardly.
But I can tell you one thing about building – at least that of the spiritual variety. The Psalmist is right when he says, “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”
Before a physical foundation is laid; a spiritual foundation should be placed.
Before the walls and roof come together; more than a passing glance to the heavens above is in order.
Before the interior decorator goes to work; some internal soul-searching is a great idea.
That way the right things will be done in the right order and in the right way.
All the choices that are made will be made with a larger, deeper perspective guiding the smaller day by day ones.
And the home – or the city – or the nation – or the life – that is built that way will be blessed.
Prayer: Lord, give me the vision, the patience, and the faith to seek your perspective on things – before I start building. AMEN.