Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
LORD Jesus we praise You for, no matter what, You remain in control. Hallelujah! Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we long to have our problems solved in the way we think they would need to be solved. Our thoughts are not Your thoughts, and You do know best how to create a new thing and how to restore what has been lost. O LORD, lead us, we plead! Should it be that we have gone astray? Then bring us back to the crossroad to be still and wait, to stand there and ask for the old way; and then enable us to walk therein. In Jesus’ mighty way we pray. Amen.
Most of us do know today’s verse and we are convinced that the LORD needs to be the Foundation for our life and that our house needs to be build and watched over by Him. But what happens if cracks appear, let’s say due to more or less challenging hardships, and the house threatens to fall apart?
What are we doing to prevent any further damage done to our home?
Are we looking at the cracks and do we keep ignoring them—perhaps saying, The LORD will work it all out? Will that make the damage/s disappear? How about putting filler into them and then using a little paint or a picture to cover them? Will that solve the problem? Hm, it could, at least for a little while. Eventually, though, small cracks can grow and holes will call for our attention.
Listen to what Matthew Henry comments on today’s verse:
In all the affairs and business of the family, even of the royal family, for kings’ houses are no longer safe than while God protects them. We must depend upon God’s blessing and not our own contrivance.
And this is so true, beloved. We will get more into that on Thursday’s blog, so please do come back to read some more on the topic of the building and the keeping—as well as the repairing—of our homes.
Depend on God’s blessing and not your own inventing today.