Monday, August 22, 2011

Unless the Lord Builds the House...

Details. While I enjoy working on some details and seeing a plan come together, details can make me forget the most important thing: that I need God. Organization and planning can do this to you. They get you so into the moment and often distract us from the real focus of what we're doing.

Over the past couple weeks as our church staff has been working at a frantic pace getting ready for the Fall and launching a new service, and my wife has been organizing everything in site getting ready for a new baby, it's been easy for me to get lost in details. But the Lord keeps bringing one important verse to mind, "Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain" (Ps. 127:1, ESV).

The same thing that's true for houses is true for churches and families and individuals. We need the Lord to guide and empower everything we do. Or better, we need to be doing everything the Lord has for us to do, depending completely on him.

I'm not sure of a better way to make sure the Lord is the one building things in my life other than to read His Word and pray. Actually, I don't think it's possible apart from prayer. Not that it has to be elaborate or as consistent as we want, but there must be a regular looking to God and asking for His help.

When I get busy with details I tend to just go. And then I look back thinking, "Is that what God wanted me to do?" Or, "Uh-oh, I didn't even ask God for direction." That's not a good place to be! Of course, He is gracious, but I know the right way to do things is to let Him lead and to look to Him all the time for help.

Have you been looking to Him for help? Seeking His guidance? Are the things you are so busy doing really what He wants you to do? Is He building your "house"?

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