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Isaiah 55:8-9

Isaiah 55:8-9

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


"By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches." 
 Proverbs 24:3-4

A house whose foundation is built on WISDOM through God's knowledge and understanding is a haven filled with unmeasurable treasures.  These treasures by no means are earthly nor will they rot or rust.  Rather,  they are eternal treasures such as godliness, character, peace, wisdom and love.  A strong home must be built on virtue and learning in order to stand firm.  "Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain."  Psalm 127:1-2

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine... to a wise man, who BUILT his house upon the rock.  And the rain descended... and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock... a foolish man who built his house upon the sand.  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house, and it fell, and great was its fall."  Matthew 7:24-27.   A home that is built by material and earthly possessions holds no value.  A home must  be built on seeking God, His instruction and His love first.  This will eventually be seen in the family.  Unfortunately, today many homes are built on money and materialism.  Our homes have become more like showpieces rather than what homes truly are.  These homes look like showpieces because no one is ever there!  If we were truly at home letting life happen, our floors would definitely look dirty.   Things can be messy, especially when you have your children around all the time.  Yes, things can be chaotic and disorganized.  And if you homeschool your children, don't even talk about organization.  Books can be piled everywhere waiting to be read.  Don't get me wrong here!  I am not advocating being an overly messy and cluttered homemaker.  However, there must be a reasonable balance that allows life to happen in our homes.  Thus it will be,  when we allow God to be in our homes, the way He intended to be. 

Let's not make it our main goal to have an earth centered home.  There is a blessing in letting the members become engaged in the home.  Let's not become so enslaved to material things, given to the newest electronic gadgets and devices.  What isolation!  Let's spend TRUE time together reading our Bibles, meditating on it, loving and encouraging one another.  No wonder our churches and our culture are so messed up!   It is very sad that all these treasures have been replaced by gadgets, devices and YES facebook.  We spend too much time on facebook and online.  Let's redeem the time!  Let's be wise and not replace the blessings of our homes with worldly things, lest we forget to cherish what God has trusted us with; which is the family unit, that He has designed for us.  Lest we forget, He WILL judge us.

We have the choice to make our homes a lasting impact before a world of darkness.  Although our children may grow or leave, the memories and lessons taught and learned are going to build them up inside.  Our children can spread all these blessings into the world.  You could call it EVANGELISM.

At times, I wonder if we, Christians, have forgotten the TRUE definition of what a home is.  Home is supposed to be our "haven."  It is here, home, where our haven is made.  It is where our dinner conversations are full of joy, questions and answers .  Oh, how much I treasure this!  It is where life is put in order, birthdays are celebrated and the Word of God is studied with its big questions and answers.  It is where love is built and cherished.  It is the most sacred place.   It is where we show  "hospitality" to others, which in the Bible means love of strangers, Hebrews 13:2.  Sadly, so many can't wait to be anywhere that is not home by avoiding being there.  To build a home on God's wisdom requires daily work and time. We must set an atmosphere of peace, learning, love and godliness.  We cannot make the mistake of providing an atmosphere of worldliness, humanism and ungodliness.  Rather, an atmosphere whose fragrance is Christ, 2 Corinthians 2:15-17.  God must  be the center of our homes.  He needs to dwell there.  Of course, this requires a lot of investing in those we love and care.  It takes being fully present,  making the effort of connection.  Let's slow down and make memories by speaking words of love, kindness and life into the lives of our children.  

With these thoughts of what a TRUE home is, let's never forget that it is the people that make up a home.  It is not the money and earthly possessions.  It is God's Word, instruction and love that a home must be built upon.  Let's make it our ambition to imitate Christ in our homes.  The world needs to see the light shinning in the midst of so much darkness and what better place than our homes.  "The curse, of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the dwelling of the righteous."  Proverbs 3:33.  

May our LORD give us wisdom as we build our homes on Him and His Truth.