Week 44 Wednesday

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.

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