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. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep (Ps 127:1-2, ESV).
This author asserts true success depends upon God’s blessings. He uses examples taken from the family as well as the state to prove lasting protection, stability, peace and comfort depend upon God’s blessings and are independent of man’s attempts to ensure them, guarantee them or attain them using his own abilities. In spite of what this Holy Spirit-inspired writer states, man tends to leave God behind and try to build a happy and successful life using his own feeble knowledge and skills. The result is certain failure!
This is particularly true when we consider what makes for a happy and stable home. Man has wrongly convinced himself happiness consists of doing what satisfies the desires of the moment. Instant gratification is what we desire, and at whatever cost! The outcome is a society plagued with the problems associated with substance abuse, crime, divorce, children being born out of wedlock, sexual perversion, etc. How can the Lord’s people avoid such issues?
Today during the 11a.m. service we will begin a series of sermons designed to help us build a Christ-centered home. I firmly contend our responsibility of being lights to the world involves building strong, God-fearing and obedient families. I also believe we labor in vain if we attempt to build a family without God’s will as our guide. The series will likely span eight lessons and touch upon subjects such as Christ-centered marriages, duties of spouses, children, and the unmarried, and resolving conflict. The lesson topics will be announced two weeks in advance. I hope you will invite everyone you think will benefit from hearing these sermons.