Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted …. Psalms 127:1a (NLT)

It’s been called “the American dream.” Every couple works toward it, owning your own home. There’s nothing quite like the day you move in. Wise couples know that it takes more than a house to make a home. The Psalmist put it this way:

Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted ….  

Yet, that verse holds a promise for those who let the Lord be the master architect and general contractor. You can turn the house you have into the home you want! It’s not too late! To do it, you must cooperate with God’s plan and purpose. He said the Lord builds and the builders work. As with any construction, the architect lays out the blueprints, and the general contractor has workers who follow those plans so that, together, they achieve their desired results. Solomon, who wrote this Psalm, gives us three materials that God uses in turning a house into a home where His blessings thrive. You’ll find them in Proverbs 24:3-4.

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.

God uses wisdom, understanding and knowledge to turn a house into a home. Wisdom is seeing life from God’s perspective. Understanding is applying that perspective in your decisions and relationships, and knowledge is maintaining a teachable spirit – a willingness to grow, listen and learn. I especially appreciate the word “built” in this passage because, in Hebrew, it means “to restore.” It has more to do with rebuilding something than new construction. That offers hope!

The point Solomon is making is that any home can be restored. It’s never too late, but it will take wisdom to pull it off! Don’t waste your efforts building your home. Cooperate with God’s eternal purpose and plan and let Him be the Master Architect. When you do, every room will be filled to overflowing with rare and beautiful treasures that last a lifetime and leave a legacy of faith.

  1. This devotional is so true. The Lord has to be the creator of each home! If He is not the creator and leader then you do not have a home. I think that is a problem with America today. There are way too many homes without an earthly father to lead his family down the right and narrow path. (Please understand I am not judging those who for one reason or another do not have that.) But I feel it makes the home stronger and the family values go up with a strong spiritual leader of the home. My husband was home and was not the spiritual leader of the house. I did the best I could and I am blessed I have a very good son. But I truly believe if my husband had been a strong spiritual leader ~ we probably would have avoided many of the issues and problems we had. Satan loves to destroy those who are trying to honor God but don’t have support. Unfortunately my husband went home to be with the Lord a year and a half ago. I am left to pick up the pieces and move on. I am thankful for my Lord, Jesus Christ who is my Savior who has carried and is carrying me through all the problems I have been left with. May God bless each one of you and you let Jesus Christ, King of Kings be the creator and leader of your home!!

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