Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. Psalm 127:1
Today’s passage from the Psalms is a very familiar passage. I’ve heard it used countless times in sermons ranging from discipleship to raising a godly family. The entire Psalm is centered on the importance of living a God-centered life; any other life is lived in vain.
The Apostle Paul reminds us in his letter to the Corinthians, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16)?” In other words, God continues to be an active architect and benevolent builder in the lives of His beloved children. His Spirit is always at work designing, building, and refining the holy temple within them.
Even in the midst of living with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, God’s Spirit is at work tearing down the old structures and rebuilding His perfect holy temple within me. As long as I yield to His magnificent blueprint and His hallowed hand, I need not fear all that may be going on around me. Why? Because I know the Master Builder is with me, His blueprint is picture-perfect, and He is in control!
Therefore, I concentrate on God’s Word, His promises, and His guidance rather than anything offered by earthly wisdom. His Spirit can work more freely within me when I yield to Him and stay centered on Christ. This way, God’s Spirit can continue its good work within me and I can humbly continue to serve a Living Lord in whatever manner He deems appropriate.
Perhaps you wonder if God is still at work in your life as you struggle with daily demands of dementia. If you belong to Him, then set your doubts aside for His Holy Spirit is still at work building and refining His holy temple within you. Even on the “not so good” days when confusion and fogginess overwhelm you, He is still beside you working diligently and watching over you just like today’s Psalm passage purports.
Therefore, continue to read His Word, pray often even in the fogginess, give thanks every day in spite of your disease, and remain hopeful for He has not forsaken you. I do and it has made all the difference in my life!