Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Dwelling Place

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

It snowed in our little town of Julian, California yesterday. It was crazy busy with people coming up to frolic in the Winter Wonderland. By mid-afternoon, I received several eMails from friends wanting to know if I knew anyone who would rent their home, or cabin, for the weekend.

That got me to thinking about our dwelling place. Did you know that God wants to be your dwelling place? By the way, He isn’t interested in being a weekender. You know what I mean, don’t you? He isn’t merely a place for you to run around and have fun on the weekend. Furthermore, He wants to be more than your summer cottage, winter bungalow, or retirement home. He desires to be your permanent dwelling place. 

Is that a new thought to you? Perhaps you’ve thought of God as something interesting to talk about over a cup of coffee, but not a home. Maybe you think of Him like Aristotle; God is the Unmoved Mover. Unfortunately, Aristotle’s god was unknowable to his creation an unknown by him. For all intents and purposes, that’s pragmatic atheism. No dwelling place there!

One of the great things that God has revealed to us in the pages of the Bible is that He is not only the Creator of the cosmos, but also Home to His children. Like Paul said, in Him “we live and move and have our being” [Acts 17:28].

Jesus replied, “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. John 14:23

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