UNLESS THE LORD BUILDS THE HOUSE: OUR FIRST VIEW IN THE LIGHT

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Unless the Lord builds the house they labor in vain who build it. Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.
Psalm 127:1

Light has a way of exposing things, especially flaws and imperfections. The video below is the first time Page and I had seen the house since the power had been turned on (except for the lights on our phones).

On one hand, some features, such as the stone on the fireplace, looked a lot better in the light. On the other hand, even though we knew the house was in rough shape, in the light even more flaws were exposed. Here’s the walkthrough in the light.

 

 

Seeing the house in the light reminded us of a truth in Scripture:

8For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9(for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; 12for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.

14For this reason it says,
“Awake, sleeper,
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine on you.”

Ephesians 5:8-14

If you think about it, more crime takes place at night. More vices are practiced at night. More extramarital affairs and sexual sins occur under the cover of darkness.

In the Bible, the New Testament especially, light is symbolic of good, and darkness is symbolic of evil.

I’m so grateful for the grace that we can have through the Lord Jesus. No matter how good our deeds may appear, when Jesus, the Light of the world shows up, he exposes us for what we truly are. When he shines on us before our salvation, he is the Light that exposes our sin and the darkness of our deeds. But when we are saved as a result of trusting in Him as the Light, and he shines on us we reflect his light, much in the way the moon reflects the light of sun. The moon gives off no light of it’s own, and neither do we.

I love that Jesus is the Light! One of my favorite scenes is when John describes the new city of Jerusalem in Revelation 21:23-27:

And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; 26and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; 27and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Revelation 21:23-27

 Praise and honor be to the King of kings and Lord of lords! He is the Light of life.