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.






53 responses to “Unless the Lord Builds”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Well said, Chris. Thank you!

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  2. Chris Hendrix Avatar

    I love any show with Mike Holmes. Quit taking short cuts and do it right the first time. The same can be said of the spiritual house. We can’t shortcut God’s processes and expect God’s promises.

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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Dawn. Modern day parables—from the life story niche—are what I aim for. I appreciate your reading and commenting.

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  4. Dawn Avatar

    Wonderful analogy David. The Lord is our firm foundation. I like the shows on HGTV too.

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  5. Crystal Byers Avatar

    Thank you, David! I keep your family in my prayers, too. My daughter needs extra right now. Trusting God’s plan for her.

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  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Crystal. Prayers continue for you and your family. 🙏❤️


  7. Crystal Byers Avatar

    Your metaphors seem to get better and better, David. Trying to save my house. 🙏🏻

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  8. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Mitch. God Bless!

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  9. mitchteemley Avatar

    Great analogy, David!

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  10. Gary Fultz Avatar

    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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  11. davidsdailydose Avatar

    This is AWESOME, Tina! God builds is from the I inside out. Thank you for sharing!


  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Me too, Beth. Me too! It’s so easy to build on sand and not the solid rock of Christ. Thank you for reading and commenting. Blessings.

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  13. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank YOU, Bridget! God Bless.

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  14. Perth Girl Avatar

    😁, 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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  15. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    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!


  16. Beth Alisan Avatar

    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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  17. Lena Rae Avatar

    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.


  18. Pure Glory Avatar

    You are welcome! 🏚

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  19. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you. It’s uncomfortable sometimes bringing things “up to code” with God, but definitely worth it. Christ is indeed the master builder. Thank you for your comment.

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  20. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Tina. I’d love to read the post you mentioned. Please share the link. If it goes to SPAM comments I will un-SPAM it. God Bless.


  21. Pure Glory Avatar

    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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  22. Tina Avatar

    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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  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you. I appreciate your encouragement! Some days it’s easier to find analogies and some days I struggle. Blessings!


  24. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for the reblog, Scribe Lady. Blessings!


  25. God Still Speaks Avatar

    Nice comeback brother!

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  26. scribelady Avatar

    Reblogged this on Country Ripples and commented:
    Enjoy reading this post from David’s Daily Dose. It’s worth the time.

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  27. scribelady Avatar

    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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  28. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I don’t know. It’s always in stock at “Heavenly Home Depot,” for sure.

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  29. Alan Kearns Avatar

    It could be brother😉

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  30. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Oh, I see! This idea could be another post in itself.


  31. Alan Kearns Avatar

    The main phrase in “The Field of Dreams” was “if you build it they will come.” It can be rejigged to be more meaningful, maybe?

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  32. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Amen, Manu. You summarized my 400+ words in one sentence. You should be a free lance editor (if you aren’t already) 🙂 Blessings.

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  33. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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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  34. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Amen, Pastor Pete. We need God’s grace every hour, even when we think that we don’t. Thanks for stopping by. God Bless!


  35. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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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  36. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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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  37. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Matthew 7:24-27 is a great scripture reference for this post. Thank you, Lena Rae. I’m not familiar with the song you mentioned. Is that the title of it? Blessings.

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  38. God Still Speaks Avatar

    I wonder if they sell it at Home Depot?

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  39. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Spiritual spackle. I love it! I need to do the same thing. Thanks for stopping by!

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  40. God Still Speaks Avatar

    Getting out my spiritual spackle and filling up all the spots where I’m broken!

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  41. Lena Rae Avatar

    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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  42. Alan Kearns Avatar

    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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  43. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    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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  44. pastorpete51 Avatar

    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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  45. Blue Collar Theologian Avatar

    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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  46. Perth Girl Avatar

    May we build on the solid foundation of Christ with eternity in mind and a personal commitment that is enduring.

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  47. Betty Avatar

    Thank you, David. Great analogy and wonderful reminder.

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  48. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, BG! I enjoy your paraphrases of the Psalms. You mentioned the TPT translation in a recent post. It is one of my favorite newer translations. Blessings!

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  49. BG Avatar

    Love this! Thanks so much! We all need reminders once in awhile!

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  50. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    Yes Lord, build my house on a firm foundation!

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