Home Sweet Home
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? God equips and gives instincts to some creatures to live in the trees, others to live in the seas, and some to burrow beneath the ground.
I am always amazed when I see a bird’s nest and consider them fascinating works of art. I marvel to think how different birds instinctively know just which materials to collect and how to intricately put them together to create a safe home in which to nurture their young!
Just as God provides for every living creature, God created people to dwell in structures we call houses (or apartments, condos, flats, etc.). We were made to desire a roof over our heads.
We too, like those talented little birds, strive to make our homes both functional and beautiful places of refuge and retreat from the busyness of the world around us. We crave peaceful environments filled with love where every family member can grow to fulfill their God-ordained purpose in life. We also want places of celebration to share special times with family and friends.
Sometimes it just all seems so overwhelming though and we settle for less than we truly desire. However, we must remember that we are made in the image of God himself, and we have a responsibility to follow His instructions for building our houses!
God’s Principle of Provision
James 1:17 tells us, “every good and perfect gift comes from God.” How can we give Him anything He hasn’t already given us first? And Psalm 50 is another reminder from God to humanity that He is the One who owns everything.
God owns it all, and anything good that we have comes from His hand!
Jesus tells us, in Matthew 6, not to store up treasures here on earth where they can be eaten by moths and get rusty; where thieves can break in and steal. 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 wherever our treasure is, the desires of our heart will be also!
So, is it wrong to have a nice house and nice things here on earth? I don’t think so, but rather I believe God is once again reminding us to put first things first, to keep things in proper perspective.
....through knowledge (a house) is filled with rare and beautiful treasures! Proverbs 24:4
Jesus clarifies the proper perspective in Matthew 6:33 when He tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God in everything we do. He owns it all and gives generously, but He desires surrendered hearts walking in right relationship to Him.
The Bible is clear, God wants to, and is able, to provide everything we need! I believe this includes shelter that can be a haven of joy, peace, and rest as well as a place of protection from the storms of life.
God Provides as a Loving Father
God loves us. He is for us and not against us. He even gives us the things that make our homes lovely sanctuaries for the soul!
Remember, the wisest parents do not give their children everything they want, but instead, give them everything they need along with extra gifts according to their maturity and what they know to be best for them.
God is far wiser than the wisest parent and is the perfect Father! He loves us beyond measure and wants to bless us, but He knows what is best for us. His 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!
His 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. We are instructed to build our house, both our 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 our house.
Wisdom is not the same as knowledge. You may be smart 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 with the skill to make good decisions and carefully choose actions that 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 comprehend if our homes are to stand firm and secure. These are found 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 and our lives will be strong and established! Herein we find the secret to transforming houses into homes!
Thankful for God’s Provision
It is wise to remember that the shelter we live in is God’s provision for us, and we must build and establish it with His wisdom and by understanding His principles.
We show our gratitude when we seek the Lord in everything, trust His provision is enough, and are obedient to His instruction!
How sweet to understand God’s provision, and rest in His promises!
Until next time, may the Lord bless you really good!