October 29, 2018 by maryruwe
I’m sure you have heard the saying, “there’s no place like home”; many of us heard it spoken a movie. Many have said it or something similar when they have been away from home for a while; especially after being on vacation for a few weeks. Home is just the place to be!
We always try to have some relaxing time when traveling but when the trip turns into a 4000 mile round trip (like this past month); it truly is good to be home. Enjoyable as it was, there is no place like home, says a lot about our home life – when we enjoy being at home too. Though our homes may look different in size and furnishings and the number of inhabitants, one thing we all want is for our homes to be peaceful and filled with love.
Sometimes we move and make our home in a different house or location, much the same way as Abraham, the Hebrews, and Ruth did. My family and I have moved several times over the years and one thing I learned is that to feel “at home” in a new location we must make new friends; in our neighborhood, schools, and especially in a church. God made us to need others. As a result I have a lot of good friends but the one I love the most is Jesus! He is always with me – no matter where my travels take me. It is living in His Presence that helps me feel at home – and content – anywhere and everywhere I go. God is Good.
God chose Abraham to move from his familiar surroundings so he would learn the ways of God. The whole time the Hebrew Children were in Egypt they looked forward to the time they would be able to return home and be in the Promise Land. When they wondered in the Wilderness for 40 years they thought about the Land flowing with milk and honey – which meant prosperity and their needs being met. Ruth chose to move with her mother-in-law and to make Naomi’s God her God; and because of her devotion and faithfulness, God rewarded her by giving her a new husband and a child that was in the lineage of David. We are in the lineage of David too, spiritually; for when we accepted Jesus as our Savior, we became a child of God.
When we are living according to the Word of God, we are at home; our heart is settled, our mind is clear, our fellowship with Jesus sustains us. As much as we love our earthly homes – hopefully we all do – there is a home waiting for us that Jesus is preparing for us and will someday come for us and we will live always in His Presence. Now that’s what I call a home that surpasses any other place.
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit-where the Spirit of God in Jesus lives in our heart. When my heart is at peace with God, in fellowship with Him then my heart is at home.
My prayer for you this week is that you too are at home with God and that Jesus is at home in your heart.
Have a great week.