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Unless the Lord Builds

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.

Psalm 127:1 (NIV)

As I’ve mentioned before, my wife and I are compulsive watchers of the HGTV (Home and Garden Television) network.

The other night we saw a rerun of Holmes Makes It Right that gave me nightmares! If you haven’t seen it, the show stars Mike Holmes, a veteran contractor and home inspector, who helps homeowners fix major issues with their properties.

On most episodes Mike runs into even greater difficulties than expected. Invariably, it turns out an unqualified person did work on the property that was not up “to code.” Such shoddy craftsmanship poses a hazard–hidden inside walls or under floors for years. “Just one spark,” says a scowling Mike, “and the whole house could have been ruined.”

Heaven has a reality show as well. It’s called, Unless the Lord Builds the House. On the show, God, the veteran creator and life inspector, helps people fix major issues with their lives. Invariably, His clients find more personal problems than expected. The Lord, however, is not surprised. The work was not done to Biblical code and has been a hazard–hidden inside hearts and minds for years. “Just one prayer,” says a smiling creator, “and your whole house can be saved.”

The apostle Paul was also a builder, of sorts. He told the Christians at Corinth they were “God’s building,” and that Jesus Christ was the foundation– (1 Corinthians 3:9b,11)

He also admonished them to be careful about their choice of building materials. The Corinthians could build on the foundation of Christ with high quality items (gold, silver and precious stones) or inferior items (wood, hay and straw). And the quality of each believer’s work would be tested by God on Judgment Day–with 🔥 FIRE!🔥– (1 Corinthians 3:10-15).

This is where my nightmare comes in. After watching Mike find the hidden dangers caused by inferior craftsmanship, I dreamed that night about my own house–with gaping holes in the brick veneer. I woke up just after a home inspector told me the damage was due to substandard building techniques.

Of course, in my waking hours, I made the connection –remembering Paul’s builder analogy–and thought about my own spiritual house.

Yes, the Lord builds the house, but you and I have a hand in it too.

May we be competent craftsmen.

Photo by Nick van den Berg on Unsplash

Some material in this post was reused from Daddy Knows which originally published on June 16, 2019.

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

53 replies on “Unless the Lord Builds”

Love the analogy David. I had a contractors license in my younger years. Thankfully I made sure I knew the codes and proper materials for any job I personally did and found competent people for the parts I was not familiar with. I am reminded we are to “build up” one another. It’s so common to be a poor contractor in the “One anothers”. We deserve bad dreams when we do the cheap fix, and quick cover up anothers problems with cheap words.

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😁, thank you, no, am not a free lance editor. I just shared my takeaway from your message. Although summarised, this one line does not sink in and relate like the analogy you use and connect spiritually 😊.

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I love the analogy you used. It can be so scary to think about the damage and destruction we have in our lives if we don’t build our house on truth with the Lord’s guidance and care. Thank you for this reminder!


Wow David this is incredible! The words “The work was not done to Biblical code and has been a hazard–hidden inside hearts and minds for years. “Just one prayer,” says a smiling creator, “and your whole house can be saved” really jumped out. I certainly need to seek out the Lord as to the areas of my life that aren’t done to “Biblical Code.”

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It’s a children song I sang as a child. It is call: “The wise man built his house upon the rock.” The line I quoted is from the last part of the song. I did some checking on YouTube and there are different versions of this song. It has changed a bit from when I was a kid.


David, this is a good analogy. It reminded me that Jesus is a carpenter and does a great job at building a house when we surrender our will to his and invite him in to be the master builder.

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You and your wife have great taste in television. Andrew and I have watched a lot of Mike Holmes. We are experts on home inspection now 🤣😂🤣🤣 and also very paranoid.

I wrote a post on my other blog about Holmes and Homes too. 👍 It’s considered spam to post the link. But if you want it let me know. I should reread it myself. I can’t remember what I wrote. Nice post David. 🙂

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I enjoyed reading this. You have a gift for taking an everyday thing and bringing out spiritual meaning to it. Blessings to you and your wife.

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I don’t always engage (like, comment), but I read every single one of your posts, Mandy. You are so right: each of us has a life of good works, laid out by God, for us to do (Eph. 2:10). May we be faithful to our mission. Please keep shining God’s light your way, and I will most certainly keep reading! Thank you for the love and prayers. Right back at you (and your husband) as well!

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Thank you. I am fairly hyper and not a particularly patient person. This makes following detailed directions a stretch for me as well. Thank you for your thoughts, today. I need to catch up on my reading at your site. I will do so this weekend. God’s best to you.

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You are such an encouragement to me, brother. I appreciate you! I love your little prayer. We would all be so much better off just leaving the building to God; this way it’s always up to heavenly code. I’m trying to think of the connection to the movie “Field of Dreams.” Please explain, brother. Thank you, and God Bless.

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Great post.😊 It makes me think of the scripture (The wise man who built his life on the rock. Matthew 7:24-27) and the song “Build your life of the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved!”

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You really have a knack for this analogy business David, so much so this is a work of art brother.
” Lord guide us to trust none but You, the Master Builder, Amen.”
N.B. Am I the only person who saw the “Field of Dreams” connection in this post?

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Great post. There is a sense of confidence (and maybe even relief) which comes from knowing that it’s God who is building the house. He gives us the materials and blueprint, but is ultimately the mater craftsman too. I’m so thankful for that because I’m not very good at following instructions and building things in general!!!

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Great post and I can so identify with the over watching HGTV. We are temporarily burned out though we still love to watch on occasion either Ben and Erin on Hometown or Chip and Joanna of Fixer Upper – though I think they are doing something different this year. Yes the Lord is both our General Contractor and inspector. We need His grace every day to keep our life up to code!

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I just read this psalm the other day, fantastic analogy! You are so right that we need to be competent craftsman. Thank you for speaking truth that God will test/judge believers work. May we work to show ourselves approved. I have been so anxious lately with whether what I am doing matters or if it is enough and then I read a post like yours that reminds me that I am not meant to do it all, just do what I have been given well. Thank you, David! Love and blessings to you and your wife!

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