May 9, 2021

Home Sweet Home

The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

Deuteronomy 33:27 (ESV)
Home is where the heart is. In a healthy home, there's unconditional love; there's forgiveness. And so it should come as no surprise that Moses compared God to the place where we live. Charles Spurgeon said:

There is a fulness and sweetness in the metaphor, for dear to our hearts is our home, although it be the humblest cottage, or the scantiest garret; and dearer far is our blessed God, in whom we live, and move, and have our being. It is at home that we feel safe: we shut the world out and dwell in quiet security. So when we are with our God we 'fear no evil.' He is our shelter and retreat, our abiding refuge. At home, we take our rest; it is there we find repose after the fatigue and toil of the day. And so our hearts find rest in God, when, wearied with life’s conflict, we turn to him, and our soul dwells at ease. 

Home, too, is the place of our truest and purest happiness: and it is in God that our hearts find their deepest delight. We have joy in him which far surpasses all other joys. It is also for home that we work and labor. The thought of it gives strength to bear the daily burden, and quickens the fingers to perform the task; and in this sense we may also say that God is our home. God's love strengthens us. 

If, as Psalm 90:1 tells us, God has been our dwelling place in all generations, then it is to God's loving-kindness, God's forgiving heart, God's mercy that we return to at the end of our labor. Whether it is a day of criticism or a lifetime of judgment, let us rest in the knowledge, as did our forebears, that, in the end, God loves us and accepts us. We should never fear our homecoming. 

From one generation to another he shows mercy to those who honor him.
 Luke 1:50 (Good News)
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last.
 Book of Common Prayer
 
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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