Five Ways God is Our Home
More than anything I wanted to belong. I see it even now in the eyes of my children as they enter a new school. They all want to belong. To fit in and be known. They want to be accepted and loved. Among their peers they want to be safe and secure in their place. Isn’t that what we all want?
I remember being young and not having a place to fit in. It has happened over and over again as an adult. I enter rooms and spaces only to realize I don’t fit there. These aren’t my people and maybe there is something wrong with me.
More than anything I want a place to feel secure. I want to know I am safe, secure, and at peace. I want a place that feels like home. Home means I am fully known and fully accepted. In Honduras, I wasn’t fully understood. My words would get mixed up in Spanish and my American friends struggled to understand what I was going through. Moving back didn’t instantly put me back in the place I had left. The two and half years we lived overseas had changed me. The hurt we experienced returning had shifted my heart in ways I’m still unpacking. More than anything I want to feel like I belong.
You do too, don’t you?
God Is Our Home
What if I told you there isn’t a place, but a Person, waiting for you to come home?
In Psalm 90:1 Moses says that the Lord is their dwelling place. God might have placed you in a physical place that doesn’t feel like home. Maybe among people or circumstances that feel foreign and hard. Maybe you just want to fit in and feel safe. But here on earth we can find a place to live. In the arms of God we find all that we need.
God is our home and I’ve found Him to be the place I can rest. I might have an earthly home and friends but there is emptiness if that’s all I have. If I’m looking for something like a house or a family to fill this deep need then I’m never going to be safe and satisfied. How did Moses, a man who never had a home, say, “Lord, you have been our dwelling place.”
To the children of Israel they were about to enter the Promised Land, but that wouldn’t be enough. Only the God who was leading them could provide enough for them. So here are five ways God is our home. Forever and ever. From everlasting to everlasting.
Five Ways God is our Home
1. God is our safety.
Home should be a place of safety and sometimes our homes aren’t that, but we don’t have to hide from God. He is safe. He is so good and kind and gentle. Go to the pages of His Word and realize that any suffering we go through must first pass through His hands. Ultimately we are completely safe in Him. Safe to be ourselves. Safe to live, loved by Him.
2. God is our comfort.
When my children come home from school I love to give them a hug. No matter how their day went I am there to comfort and rejoice with them. And so it is with God. Do you need comfort today? God is our comfort. Prayer and seek Him today and you will Someone ready to give you comfort.
3. God never changes.
Home will change. Our family has moved five times in the past three years and change is hard. We’ve had several homes and sometimes we miss where we are. But God never changes. No matter what my address is, God is present. God’s love, kindness, forgiveness, and mercy never change. His plans are right on track and we can trust this God who never changes.
4. God is not disappointed with us.
Something that my heart has wrestled with this year (and really my entire life) is this idea that God isn’t in heaven disappointed with me. He loves me and my weaknesses and failures do not drive HIm away, they actually bring Him closer to me. When I have sin, I confess and He is faithful to forgive. God’s not disappointed.
5. God loves me deeper than I could ever imagine.
God’s love is wide and open. His love for us welcomes us home, no matter how far I’ve run away. We might avoid God’s presence but when we are ready to come back to God He is there. In fact, don’t wait. Run faster and faster into His arms. You and I will never get to the bottom of His love for us.
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