Advent Reading for December 10, 2021
by Jeannette Ruggiano

Psalm 127, verses 1-2
‘Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat –
for he grants sleep to those he loves.’

This passage is a metaphor for God’s total involvement in our lives. The Hebrew word for “house” as used in Psalm 127 appears hundreds of times in the Bible. Literally it refers to our temples, palaces, and homes. Figuratively it refers to our households and families. All are important structures in our lives.

The word represents much more than physical buildings to our Father – the important structures are our sense of self, security, and place in the world. Man cannot expect to have a rewarding, successful life without His guidance and blessing in the construction of that life. In Luke 16 we read, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.” And once built, He promises His protection over our “house” as well. God is both the builder and watchman, nurturing our spirits and quelling our anxieties.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus warns that “everyone who hears these words and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. Rains came down, streams rose, winds blew and beat against that house. And it fell with a great crash.” Later he gives details about another house that withstands a violent storm and flooding, adding that “it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.”(Matthew 7:25)

As Christians we are offered wisdom through Old Testament stories, Jesus’s teachings, and the blessings of the Holy Spirit. With these powerful tools and His help, we can follow God’s “architectural” plans and structure abundant, joyful, and fulfilling lives.

Reflection Questions:
1. What are the cornerstones of your house?
2. Are you trusting in the Lord’s guidance?

Prayer:
Father God, you are our Rock and our Redeemer. Continue to guide us daily, so that our plans align with those you have for us and for our salvation. Amen