Now that summer officially ends this September it’s time to get that vacation wanderlust spirit out of our thinking and settle down in our homes for a while. Many of us feel secure staying in or coming back to our homes. However, if you take time to look, there are people around us, also those seen on TV, who have lost homes because of financial meltdowns, fires out of control, floods, tornadoes or hurricanes. These tragedies have taken a huge toll on home living across the globe.
Through the years I have lived in several different homes and I’m sure many of you have as well. I have also spent nights in tents, camps, motor and mobile homes, rentals, bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels and have slept outside under stars on several occasions. It’s always better though for a good nights sleep to be in a location and in a bed that you’re used to and where you feel safe.
The Bible talks often about homes, houses and locations where some have resided. Take these examples: Mobile living - “He (Abram) moved on from the Negev, camping along the way, to Bethel. . . .”-Gen 13:3-MESSAGE. A cave residence- “And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.”-Gen 19:30-KJV. An Ivory palace -“Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory house which he made, and all the cities that he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?”-1 Kings 22:39-KJV. Tomb residences -(10) “For all can see that wise men die; the foolish and the senseless alike perish and leave their wealth to others. (11) Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves.”- Psalms 49:10-11-NIV. Some tents are better than houses -“The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.” Prov.14:11-NIV. A lazy man’s house - “If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.”-Ecclesiastes 10:18-NIV. A seaside residence - (5) “And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: (6) He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.”-Acts 10:5-6-KJV. Winter and summer houses -“And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an en d, saith the Lord.”-Amos 3:15-KJV. Jesus had no residence -(19) “As they left, a religion scholar asked if he could go along. ‘I’ll go with you, wherever,’ he said. (20) Jesus was curt: ‘Are you ready to rough it? We’re not staying in the best inns, you know.’-Matthew 8:19-20-MESSAGE. Rental house -“And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him.”-Acts 28:30-KJV. Residence of demons -(29) “For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness. (30) And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.”- Luke 8:29-30-KJV. Our earthly bodies are like a tent -“For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven–God-made, not handmade and we’ll never have to relocate our ‘tents’ again.” 2 Corinthians 5:1-MESSAGE. Eager for heavenly home -“The Spirit of God . . .puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less”-2 Corinthians 5:5-MESSAGE.