“For every house is built by someone, but GOD is the builder of everything” Hebrews 3:4
“My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” Isaiah 32:18
“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matthew 7:25
“The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.” Proverbs 3:33
“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1
“Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.” Proverbs 24:27
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” John 14: 1-2
“Home” is mentioned so many times in the Bible. At the end of a long day, I just want to go home. God is repetitive in his teachings about certain topics. I keep coming across the theme of home lately.
I’ve come to the realization that “home” has many different meanings.
1. Home is where I want to go at the end of the day. Where I can put on a moo moo and relax. I can be one hundred percent myself. I can talk about my day to my husband and receive all the love from my daughter. The Bible says that if I am his, I will live in a peaceful dwelling place, a secure home, and an undisturbed place of rest. When I get off from work, my husband has had a long day, I am so full of joy to know that we will meet in a peaceful dwelling place.
I have grabbed hold of that verse and prayed over my household that we will receive that which God has given us (a peaceful dwelling place, a secure home, and undisturbed rest). Over the summer, anytime Scarlett would go to spend the night away from home she would cry and cry saying “mommy, daddy, home”. She can feel the security in our dwelling place. It’s not something that Brad and I created, it is something that God freely gives because we are his people.
2. Home is where I grew up. There is something about walking into your mamas house while a big pot of chicken soup is on the stove, picking up your kid and dinner all in the same trip. The Bible says that the rain came down, the streams rose, and the wind beat upon the house but because of its FOUNDATION it did not fall. (Come on somebody!!) Life will beat on my house, but because of the generation before me- I have a solid foundation and I will not fall!
3. From 7:20 until at least 4:00 everyday, home is My classroom. For some it’s a sheriffs office, a doctors office, a salon, a restaurant. The word of God Says to put your outdoor work in order, get your fields ready, and then build your house. Take not that this says “then build your house”. A house and a home are different. Many things in life come before my house..very few things come before my home. A house is temporary. A house is wood. Materials. The word says I need to prepare my fields first. Whatever your work “home” is (and I say home because you are there more than you are at your house home) you have a field to prepare. I have 23 students that I prepare a field for each day.
4. I can only imagine that if the lord will give us a peaceful dwelling place here on Earth what our heavenly dwelling place will be like. The word says that my heart shouldn’t be troubled. Even in the midst of my day to day craziness, he is preparing a place for me. What I love about that verse is that it says he has MANY rooms. I love all of my earthly homes- my foundation home, my peaceful dwelling place home, and my work home, but YALL the whole point in all this is our father’s house. We will dwell there. Forever. Can you imagine the peace and the undisturbed rest?
Thank you lord for guiding me to a better understanding of “home”. I pray for everyone reading this post and the homes that they represent. Some people read this and though “I didn’t have a foundational home.” Oh lord show them that you are their rock and in you they are made new. I pray lord that each person will accept the gift that their homes will be peaceful dwelling places. I rebuke confusion, chaos, and misery, from their homes. I pray that the plans of the enemy against their homes will be CANCELED in the name of Jesus. In a raging world may their homes be just the opposite.
Thank you lord.