March 21 (Lent, Day 20): Unless the Lord Builds the House

March 21 (Lent, Day 20): Unless the Lord Builds the House

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Chris Rowekamp

“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”
—Psalm 127:1 ESV


It’s horrible to realize that you’ve been laboring in vain.

To think that hours, days or even years of hard work have been completely useless.

That’s how Psalm 127 describes the person who works apart from God.

We can learn the trade, put in the work and build something that looks very impressive, but if the Lord isn’t building it, it’s in vain.

Why?

Because even if we achieve success in our endeavors, if we do it apart from God we’ve completely missed the point.

We were made to live in relationship with God.

He is the key ingredient that makes everything worth it.

Here is a simple prayer to carry with you today:

Inhale: God,
Exhale: I want to be close to you.

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