“Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.”
PSALM 127:1 AMP
Building a house is an expensive process and a major investment. There are architects, plumbers, engineers, masons, and truck loads of expensive materials involved in building a house. It’s usually a long and very tedious process which cannot be rushed. Houses are buildings where people live, eat and sleep in. They protect you from dangers and bad weather. Most houses reveal the lifestyles, traditions and cultures of the people who live in them. Some people like large houses, some like vintage looking houses, some people like custom made homes, and then some just prefer a simple tiny house to live in.
Buyers beware: Your new house doesn’t come guaranteed that all occupants will get along well with each other, nor will they continue to love each other through life’s challenges. It doesn’t come with any equipment for fireproofing your marriage. There’s no guarantee that the children will be happy and remain at home. That the dog wouldn’t die, and the parrot wouldn’t escape from the cage. The house is simply a building until the occupants move in and work towards making it a home.
Beautiful houses do not automatically produce beautiful families or happy homes. When the storms of financial difficulties, or the dysfunctions of a bad marriage, or rebellious children, or unforeseen circumstances attack the family …. the strength of the foundation of the house comes into question as the cracks are visible for all to see.
How can a man/woman build a house (it’s more than just a building) that will withstand the everyday stresses of life? Unless our main architect Jesus Christ constructs the home, we labor in vain. It’s futile to try to build a home (relationships) without the help of God. If the Lord doesn’t keep watch over our house, children, spouses, money, relationships, jobs, and careers – our dreams and goals will be in vain.
It’s heartbreaking to watch how many homes are destroyed and put up for sale because the love was no longer there. Two well intentioned people can passionately love and care for each other – but it just takes one accidental wrong turn for hurt to step in and the love to be gone.
A home/family that has the Lord as their foundation is a home/family that will leave a great legacy. If the Lord doesn’t keep watch over our lives – we watch in vain.
The scripture advises us that unless we allow God to build our house we will labor in vain. We are totally dependent on God to build our marriages and families. We are inadequate on our own to build healthy relationships in our marriage and with our families. Blaming each other for failures in the home leads to frustration. Establishing a routine of worship, praise, bible reading and prayer among the members of the home leads to enjoying a great family life. The legacy lives on longer than we do.
Happy homes make great memories. Healthy families create great communities. Loving couples leave great legacies.
Our future generations are safe when the family is anchored in Christ.