Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1
King Solomon asserted that a life that is lived apart from God is a futile effort. In fact, a life that declares it doesn’t need God is an empty life. It means it is void of eternal meaning and purpose. Having God as the Master Builder of your military home ensures His blessings.
The book of Ecclesiastes (Ecc. 1:2) says, “The words of the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. ‘Vanity of vanities!’ All is vanity.’” The word vanity means “breath” or “vapor.”2 Solomon states that our lives are as fleeting as a spray of thin mist. The years swiftly pass by. If you are a parent, you can identify with this concept. When our children are small it seems like they will be small forever, or least for a long time. However, when they are grown we reflect on how those formative years zipped along.
Psalm 127 is a psalm about family. Its wisdom states that unless God is in the life of our home, the Master Builder, all of life that goes on in our home is futile. Leaving God out of every aspect of life renders all that we do, achieve, or pursue, as pointless, void of eternal value. It is as if we’re trying to invest funds into our retirement accounts with counterfeit money. There is only one thing that is lasting–a life that pleases God. This type of life is based on 1 Corinthians 3:10. “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and some else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.”
There is a spiritual bond that is like no other when parents bring the Lord into their homes. When a home has invited God to be an active participant in all areas of the home, those relationships are not only blessed, but God imparts meaning into each relationship, forging eternal perspectives and purposes. This isn’t to say that God doesn’t call out a life from a broken home and give him or her a spiritual purpose. He does. There are many examples in the Bible where God does just that (i.e. Rahab).
Some years ago I heard this analogy about a home that is void of Jesus’ presence. His blessings are gifts to us. But when the Lord is vacant in the home, it is like a gift still under the tree, still wrapped up. It was never opened in order for its blessings to be experienced. Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard says, “Life must be lived forwards, but can only be understood backwards.” The beautiful thing about God is that He is full of compassion and gives us second chances. If we didn’t grow up in homes where God was present and welcomed, we can choose the Lord as adults and allow Jesus’ to establish our homes today, allowing Jesus’ life to be the source of its strength, joy, resiliency, unity, and purpose. God blesses a home that is moving towards Him.
The above devotional was an except from Faith Steps for Military Families. You can also find me at www.Facebook.com/FaithStepsForMilitaryFamilies and on twitter at www.Twitter.com/lisanixonphilli