I love coming home. It’s my safe place, my calm in the storm, my refuge from the hectic-ness of life.
Not that my house isn’t loud and crazy at times with our large family, but even then, it is a place of contentment for me where I relish the moments, surrounded by the ones I love the most.
You know why? It’s not because I live in a grandiose mansion or a Joanna Gaines-styled farmhouse that looks like a magazine. It’s because it symbolizes everything precious to me. Home is my haven. It is here that I find quiet time with my Creator. Home is where memories are made and dreams are built. If my house should burn to the ground tomorrow, I would grieve only the material loss–the spiritual would remain.
The foundation of a home can never be built on mere concrete or mortar and bricks–if it is to stand the storms of life it must be built on the solid Truth that comes from God’s Word.
Remember the children’s song that says, “The wise man built his house upon the rock”? The theological truth of that little rhyme stands the test of time. Growing up I only lived in three different houses, but since marrying I have lived in more than I can count on one hand. Changing locations didn’t change what made a house our home. The foundation was the same for all of them–we wanted our family to be built on a foundation of faith.
That little children’s ditty goes on to say, “The rains came down and the floods came up, and the house on the rock stood firm.”
Contrary to popular opinion, God never promises us that He will keep us from life’s challenges–but He does promise to go with us, to pick us up when we’re down, and to give us HOPE. Read Proverbs 24 if you haven’t already. Did you see what it says in verses 13-14?
“Eat honey, my son, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to your palate; realize that wisdom is the same for you. If you find it, you will have a future, and your hope will never fade.” Proverbs 24:13-14
In these 31 Days of Proverbs I am learning that wisdom is so much more than head knowledge. We are not called to just sit back and bask in what we know. God’s wisdom is an action word–He wants us to live out what we have learned. Our lives are not just a showcase home to be looked at and admired–we are to be living, breathing examples of what it looks like when God moves in and takes over.
My home is not a palace, but the King of Kings dwells here.
I don’t know what others think when they walk through the door of my home, but my heart should speak of what it looks like when we open our doors to the God of the Universe and invite Him in. What is filling up your house? Is your life’s purpose to accumulate “stuff” or are you purposely building your house with the wisdom and understanding and knowledge of God’s Word?
“Above all, put on love—the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful. Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3: 14-17