In those days people will live in the houses they build and eat the fruit of their own vineyards. Unlike the past, invaders will not take their houses and confiscate their vineyards. For my people will live as long as trees, and my chosen ones will have time to enjoy their hard-won gains. They will not work in vain, and their children will not be doomed to misfortune. For they are people blessed by the Lord, and their children, too, will be blessed. I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” – Isaiah 65:21-24.
Have you ever thought about why you live where you live? Was it a set of circumstances or merely a coincidence? It is neither. Nor is it a consequence of your budget, or your season of life. You live where you live because God placed you there. The long series of events, decisions, and circumstances that led you here were orchestrated by God. He brought you home one detail at a time.
Acts 17:26-27 yells us. “ From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.“His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist…” (Acts 17:26–27). You do not have a home by accident.
Our home should be built on Christ and nothing less. Maybe at the top of the list of things that you don’t want to show up on a house inspection is a foundation issue. If you buy a house with a bad foundation, you’re going to experience real problems that cost real money to have it fixed. Most buyers simply walk away from a bad foundation and for good reason. Jesus tells as much in Matthew 7:24-37 when He talks about building a strong foundation by building your home on the Rock. Allow His voice to be the regular stabilizing, guiding, shaping, correcting, and comforting foundation under your lives.
But this home is not our home. While we may in a house for a few months or 50 years it is a temporary living situation. Our earthly home is not our true home, because we have a better home, an eternal one, in heaven: “You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.” (Hebrews 10:34). Philippians 3:20 adds, “ But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.” Wherever we live in this world, we know we belong somewhere else.
That does not mean we cannot treasure the four walls of our homes. God has chosen these walls, for these days, specifically for us. As you enjoy your home for however long you live there, prepare your heart and family to live forever at home with the Lord.
- What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “home?”
- God’s home will be a place of joy and safety, where the lame and the outcast are gathered, and shame disappears. Home with God will be a place of restoration and praise. In God’s home, we will be safe and happy, and no one will oppress us ever again. When things seemed impossible and our sin overwhelmed us, Jesus made a way. One day He will return and fulfill this ultimate promise of hope and home. How does that make you feel?