Daily Devotional

Building the House

by Simon Whitton

1 Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.
2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat-- for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Psalm 127:1-2 (NIV)

Over 14,000 men were involved in the construction of the Titanic, and it took them over two years to build. It was considered unsinkable, the safest ship on the sea. On its maiden voyage the watchmen spotted the iceberg 37 seconds before colliding with it, and then the ship sank in two hours 40 minutes, with a loss of about 1,500 lives. The first voyage was even hoping to arrive in New York in record time, but instead of being a huge success, it was a historic failure.

We understand that success is often achieved through hard work, and so we strive towards those goals that we want to accomplish; whether it's in our family, church or career. We labour and toil, rising early and staying up late, and this may well result in what appears to be success. But were these the Lord's goals in the first place?

Are we striving in what the Lord wants us to do, or are these are own goals, or the expectations of our culture, church or family?

10b But each one should be careful how he builds.
11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,
13 his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work.
14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward.
15 If it is burned up, he will suffer loss;

1 Corinthians 3:10b-15a (NIV)

When we try to build something without the Lord, it will ultimately fail, whether it's family, career, wealth, or even church. We may try to protect it, appoint 'watchmen' to look after it, but all of that effort and work will be lost.

We must look to the Lord for His will, and depend not on our own strength, but know that success lies only with Him. Not worldly success, but accomplishment for the kingdom of God, things built of gold, silver and costly stones; things which will survive into eternity and bring glory to God.

Spend some time praying, and ask the Lord to forgive you for chasing after things that are not of Him. Thank Him for His love for you, and that He will provide for you and grant you rest. Pray that He would use you to help build His kingdom, in your family, church and workplace.

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