Experience and listening have taught me that many of our problems cannot be fixed by a nice house. This of course does not stop folks from buying and selling in the real estate market, wishing and working, and dreaming of that perfect home. Before we condemn all the house dreamers though, a shack in the desert may fix even less. When it comes to despair, fear, anxiety, worry, and quite a few other emotional problems, our houses and homes on this earth just don't provide much of an answer. People can despair of life and its problems in a nice home much the same as in a hut or a tent. Financial problems may be far worse in a nice home where the payments can eat up all a person's reserves in a very short time.
Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it. (Psalm 127:1a)
The first two lines of the psalm today tell us that we must look elsewhere first for our answers. A nice house is indeed nice and we wish that everyone had one to live in. However, as most of us have realized by now in this world, nice stuff doesn't solve those problems we need solved the most. Our first and best answer to the ills of sin has been and always will be our Lord Jesus. We may do a lot of vain laboring if we don't first look to our Lord.
Enjoy this last great day in July in the grace and love of our Savior!Bucky