What ever happened to the house that Jack built? This past weekend I was reading Psalm 127. It made me stop and think like many passages do. The next morning I was reading the next few chapters of Psalms but I came back to this verse is Psalm 127.
If the LORD does not build a house,
then those who build it work in vain.
I emailed my friend who is reading the same thing as me. She is getting married this coming weekend. I have watched her grow in her relationship with the Lord over the past few years. And I am excited to see what God does in their lives together. I told her that I was praying that her and her fiance would allow the Lord to build their house for His glory.
There are many of us who do not allow the Lord to build our house. We do not allow Him to build our ministries, our families, our marriages, our careers, or our relationship with Him. And if we do not allow Him to build these houses, then we build in vain.
These things become empty, embittering, or dissatisfying. There is a real danger in trying to build our own house. There are many things that I want to build. Sometimes I will try to build these things for too long, wasting valuable time, before I realize that I am building in vain. If only I had sought the Lord’s will and allowed Him to direct me, I would not have wasted all that time. But God will use even what I do in vain to teach me so that He will receive the glory.