Building a house that will last is based upon unyielding structural requirements that begin with the foundation. In a similar way, a happy home depends upon certain unyielding structural requirements, anchored upon a foundation of unconditional love, clear boundaries with freedom to explore and solid principles that will stand the test of time.
In Psalm 127:1 Solomon, the wisest man the world has ever known, said, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.”
What a profound assertion! “Hey you! Go ahead and build it by guessing about tried and true principles. You can even set guards around it. You know you’re wasting your time; i.e., wrong architect. When the storms come, it will fall; then what are you going to do?
In this day of secular relativism, this is how many do life, making it up along the way. There are no absolutes and few guidelines besides ‘what works’ for you or me. Absolute values don’t exist…except the rule that absolute values don’t exist. In this world view, longstanding values and principles that govern human behavior are given the same weight as personal preferences.
Solomon makes it clear: if the Lord is not in the middle of your construction project you are just rearranging chairs on the Titanic during its maiden voyage. There is a God and He has set in place certain rules to guide His creation, sustaining nature and benefiting the lives of people.
There are two things I often find myself doing that makes this passage hit me square between the eyes. First, I go ahead and build without consulting on the Lord and waiting for His answer. Second, after I’ve built it I remember that I should have consulted with Him beforehand…but now it’s too late ’cause I’ve already messed it up. Now I ask the Lord to bless what I’ve already finished.
What a God I serve! Even when I insult Him by choosing to ‘go it alone’ He still chooses to bless me. In both cases His promise is clear: “Steve, trust Me, I can still take your messes and bring good out of them” (Romans 8:28). “How?” I ask. Then I read verses 29-30 and I remember that He already knew I would do those things before time began. So, He sent His Son to reconcile, sanctify and justify me before I even knew to ask for His help.
Wow! What a God!