Thursday – June 22, 2023

Song of Solomon 7-8; Psalm 127; 2 Thessalonians 2

By Becky Hill Martin

PSALM 127:1  

Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.

Lincoln Logs – for those of you who weren’t born in the 1900s (ugh – my heart just stuttered saying that), Lincoln Logs paved the way for Legos. Each little log had notches on the ends to make whatever you built a bit more stable. The only thing you could build with them was a log cabin. Or – if you were really ambitious, a two-story log cabin with a fence. If you accidentally left one out on the kitchen floor, it was fun to hide and see how far your parents rolled when they stepped on it. Unless you were the parent who stepped on the Lincoln Log, you rejoiced because it meant you got one or two hours of peace and quiet. That is until it was time for your kid to bring in the Mighty Metal Tonka Toy Crane to completely level all the cabins & fences in its path. Good times.

How do Lincoln Logs relate to Psalm 127? Well, you can’t use Lincoln Logs to build a house and expect it to withstand Tonka Toy Crane. And you can’t build a metaphoric house without God’s blessing. Let me say it this way: If we have the wrong priorities, motives and methods, we are guaranteed to fail in whatever we do. With every plan and every activity, we need God’s blessing.

Whatever we attempt in life, commit it to God from the very beginning. Because if God isn’t in it, His blessing’s not on it and I don’t want it.