I am thrilled each day as I drive onto our church parking lot to see the daily progress of our building project. Knowing how God has led us to build this new facility and His promise to provide the resources necessary has certainly deepened our faith in a faithful God.
As I drove up this morning, I saw that the workers were beginning to put the roof panels on the metal structure. In just a few more days, the building will take shape and we will no longer be able to see the huge metal structure but will only see what will become the exterior walls. Those of us who have paid attention to each step in the process of building will remember the all important steps of preparing for the foundation, the pouring of the foundation, the installation of the structural steel, etc. However, for those who did not pay close attention, every time they walk into the new facility, they will only be able to see the finished product.
I was thinking about this today and was reminded of a statement made by the Psalmist in Psalm 127:1, “Unless the Lord builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain.” (CSB) I am positive that as we have moved forward with our new facility at Seminary Baptist Church, we have sought God’s leadership every step of the way. Our desire has been that He builds this house for His glory alone.
Although this passage does speak of the physical house, I believe the application of the Bible principle that is taught here also applies to the building of our homes. I firmly believe that one of the foundational truths of God’s word is that the family, the home, was God’s plan. He made this quite clear to us as a part of the creation event as seen in Genesis.
As we read the account of the sixth day of creation in Genesis 1:26-31, we see how God created man in His own image, created them male and female, blessed them, gave them the responsibility of subduing the earth and ruling the animal kingdom. But He also told them to be fruitful and multiply and to fill the earth.
In Chapter two we see the details filled in concerning God’s plan for the family as He states in Genesis 2:24, “This is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife and the two become one flesh.” The family unit is born from God himself. As we celebrate family during May and June each year by honoring Mothers and Fathers, we cannot help but be reminded of God’s plan for building our homes.
Remember the Psalmists words, “Unless the Lord builds the house…” This is the Biblical foundation that we must build upon. If we desire our homes honor and glorify God, then we must build them using His blueprint.
My prayer is that no matter what situation we may find our selves in as it relates to our homes, we would take time to evaluate our homes in light of the truth of God’s word. As we do this, that we would be willing to make necessary changes in order for God’s plan to become our plan for our homes. All for His glory, honor and praise!