Home Sweet Home - God's Provision
All sorts of homes are God's provision. Isn't it amazing how every living creature is designed to have particular habitats in which to live and thrive? I am always amazed when I see a bird's nest. I marvel at how different birds know which materials to collect and how to intricately weave them together to create a home for their young! It is inspiring to know God equips and gives instincts to some creatures to live in trees, others to live in the sea, and some to burrow into the ground.
God created us, as humans, to dwell in structures we call home (houses, apartments, condos, flats, etc.) He gave us instincts to make these beautiful places of refuge and retreat from the busyness of the world around us. Our homes are to be places of celebration where we share special times with family and friends. Just as God provides for every living creature, your dwelling is part of God's provision. While we have instincts, we also have a responsibility as a higher order of God's creation to follow His instructions for building our homes!
God's Principle of Provision
Psalm 50 is a reminder from God to humanity that He is the One who owns everything and doesn't need our sacrifices. James 1:17 tells us, "every good and perfect gift comes from God." How can we give Him anything He hasn't already provided for us first? He does, however, desire committed, obedient, and thankful hearts. Obedience to God is better than sacrifice.
God owns it all, and anything good that we have comes from His hand!
In Matthew 6:19-34, Jesus tells us not to store up treasures here on earth where moths can eat them or rust can destroy them, or where thieves can break in and steal them. Instead, he tells us to store our treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves.
Why? Because whatever we treasure most consumes the desires of our heart!
So, is it wrong to have a lovely house and nice things here on earth? I don't think so, but instead, I believe God is once again reminding us to put first things first, to keep things in proper perspective. That perspective is summed up in the final verses of this passage when Jesus says that we are to seek first the Kingdom of God in everything we do and live in a right relationship with Him.
When we put God first, He promises to provide everything we need! Does that include shelter that can be a haven of joy, peace, and rest and a place of protection from the storms of life? Yes. He even gives us the 'extras' to make our homes sanctuaries for the soul!
But we must remember, the wisest parents do not give their children everything they want but provide them with everything they need and extra gifts according to their maturity and what they know to be best for them. God is far wiser than the wisest parents and is the perfect Father! He loves us beyond measure and wants to bless us, but He knows what is best for us.
God's desire is that we first love, honor, and trust Him more than anything else. He created us and designed us for fellowship with Himself - that is what prepares us for eternity!
God's Provision Comes with Instructions
"By wisdom, a house is built; through understanding, it is established." Proverbs 24:3
The Hebrew word for house in this verse encompasses much more than a physical dwelling place. It also includes the family and every part of that dwelling that works together to make up a house. Therefore, this instruction applies to building our physical dwelling place and the people who dwell therein with wisdom. This verse tells us that wisdom and understanding are the foundation of God's plan for us.
Wisdom is not the same as knowledge. You may be intelligent and have more knowledge than anyone in your house, but knowledge alone can result in one acting like a jerk! Wisdom is applying what you know to make good decisions and carefully choosing actions to build up instead of tear down. The primary sources of this kind of wisdom come from God's Word and a relationship with Him.
Now the verse also says: It is through understanding it (our house) is established. Understanding is the mental process of comprehending, and established means standing firm, secure, prosperous, or fixed. There are some things we must understand if our homes are to stand firm and secure. We find these in living according to God's principles.
When we apply godly wisdom to our decisions and actions and understand and live by God's principles, our houses, families, and lives will be strong and established! Herein we find the secret to transforming houses into homes!
Thankful for God's Provision
Remember your house is God's provision. Build it with wisdom from above. Establish your home by understanding God's principles, by seeking the Lord in all you do, trusting His provision for you, being satisfied with what He gives you, and being thankful!
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
How sweet it is to understand God's provision and rest in His promises!
Until next time, may the Lord bless you real good!