Unless the LORD builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
Have you ever been at a point in your life where you had to make some big decisions?
These decisions might have lead to you moving, quitting your job, and deciding where you might spend the rest of your life. Not only was it hard for you, but your spouse and those around you.
They can be especially hard when everything around you seems like it is going great.
If you haven’t been in a situation where you had to make life changing decisions, you will be there some day.
Remember today’s scripture as you contemplate and pray what God will want you to do. No matter where you go or what you do, as long as it is what God wants, it won’t be in vain.
There is nothing worse then spending days, weeks, months, on a project and it not coming together. You spend your time, blood sweat, and tears on a project for nothing. When we build our house or live our life in vain, there is no fulfillment for all the work we put into it.
Who wants to live a life like that? We don’t have to worry about this as Christians though.
As long as we are allowing God to build our house, we are not laboring in vain. We are in a win win situation.
Our houses, our cars, our style of living might not look like the American dream. Who wants to work for things that don’t bring about fulfillment as only God can?
C. S. Lewis sums it up here:
Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
Are you letting the LORD build your house? Or are you building your life in vain?