“Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it.”

Psalm 127:1 Let me paraphrase: “Except the Lord build the association, we are wasting our time.”

The Bible has many illustrations about building. Proverbs 14:1 says, “Every wise woman builds her house.” In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus talks about the wise man who builds his house on the rock. In Luke’s gospel, Jesus describes the man who builds the tower, but first sits down to decide how much it costs (14:28). The cornerstone is Peter’s construction metaphor in 1 Peter 2. Paul describes building materials in 1 Corinthians 3:12 – wood, hay, and stubble as opposed to gold, silver, and precious stones. I don’t know about you, but I’m not interested in being the first little pig with a house built out of straw.

So I asked myself, how does the Lord build a house? What should we know about His construction techniques? What house has the Lord ever built anyway?