Psalm 19:9-14 (New International Version)
9 The fear of the LORD is pure,
The ordinances of the LORD are sure
and altogether righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.
11 By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then will I be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
We are His children learning to be content. We eventually become grown ups and decide for ourselves where we live. As His children gone astray; we have left His house, past the front gate. We go and search out our own dwelling place to prove ourselves able, grown up, sufficient.
Problem: We are only sufficient in Him, with Him in His house. We weren't meant to live any where else. We are fish trying to walk on sand; birds giving up flight for stronger legs and a good walking stick. We were created to live in the house of God. As a bird must know what is beyond his own nest in order to decide for himself that indeed what he had in the first place was the dearest and the best already, so does our hearts fall astray in order to be drawn back to see, to know how perfect is the loving dwelling place we have already in our Father God.
We need the word of God, our bread crumb trail back to our house, our home. Going through trials, and hard times are not forms of punishment. They are for our opportunity. We are shown again and again we are unable, insufficient, incapable. Yet we think just one more sin, one more step left or right instead of closer to His sufficient embrace. "If I could just pay off this or that then I will trust you God, and rely on you. Lord let me do what ever it takes for me to gain $5,000 then I can trust in you." We scramble, we lose hope, we grope for air, almost wishing it would run out, so giving up would not be our fault. When the trial is not meant to hurt us, but only to heal us. It is meant to bring us back to our manna ( bread of life); our provider of all we need. It is not to rub our insufficiency in our faces so we have to try harder to fail. It is meant to bring us to Him. To draw us to our knees, knowing by ourselves we can do nothing, but in him, in Jesus, all things are made possible. When we choose to trust, Love, Live, each day for Him, eventually we find ourselves through the gate and back in the house that was meant to be our home.
I am not talking about death. I am talking about us living in Him and God in us, as we rely on Him as our sufficiency. When I realize I am less, he can fill me with more, more of his love, more trust, more faith, more hope. His Joy is made complete in us. Imagine a fathers joy having his child home to stay. A joy pressed down, overflowing, bubbling over becomes known to us. Our hearts become thankful sacks of love ready to be given out like groceries to the poor.
Sure we will still have hard times. We may walk through cancer, loss of loved ones, financial trouble etc. But we have his promise that nothing is impossible for God. What have we to fear? Neither death, nor life, nor angels, or demons, nor anything else can separate us from the love of our God. The peace that surpasses all understanding transforms us and comforts us, as only the Prince of Peace Can.
May we learn to live content in God's House. May we learn to claim it as our home and have the blessed peace he has for us to live in everyday. Not just on the weekend or for an hour on Sunday, but every waking hour we live.
If this is for you and you have found yourself past the gate of your home. May you follow the bread trail back to the arms of God. May you know of Jesus's death on the cross, paying for your sin. May you ask him for the forgiveness he already died for you to have. May you trust in him and let him lead your heart to people you can trust that will help you in your walk living in His house, your home that is more beautiful than any one can imagine, with more than enough room for all of who you are and are meant to be:)
God bless you and Happy Thanks Giving!
John 14 1"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going."
John 14:19-21 Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."
John 14:23 Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.