Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. (Psalm 127:1)
In the Bible, the building of a house can often be referred to as building your life or family. The most important part when building a house, or any building for that matter, is the foundation. Many times, as with buildings, our lives can be less effective because they are constrained by the size of the foundation being used—we can’t see far enough down the road, into the future, to really evaluate what needs we may have at different intervals of life. But God can, that is why it is important to let Him lay the foundation.
All of our lives are built on foundations which determine their direction. If our goal in life is to retire early, then we lay our foundation for that, and start building a room for college, for our first management job, for our first business we open, and then maybe we make a small room for a family. Jesus also tells us in a parable that when we do it this way, and build our house on our own foundation, it ends up crumbling when the bad times happen (Matthew 7:24-27). When we build our own foundation, instead of a foundation that is on Christ and his words, we build it in vain. All the hard work we put into it ends up crumbling down from one thing or another.
However, if we lay the foundation for our lives on Jesus, we allow him to do the heavy lifting. When we let God construct the foundation, He is the one who ends up building our house and the direction of our lives. When this happens, all things work for our good and when the storms of this life come, we are still left standing.
When we also begin to pray, “Not our will, but His will be done”, we find our lives are no longer built in vain, but on a foundation that will never fail.
Be encouraged that you can start anew with Christ as your foundation today.