Wednesday, July 05, 2017
For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it (Prov. 2:21).
The Brown-Eyed Baby and I have moved seventeen times. It comes with the ministry. And the military. Many of you have “been there, done that.”
Moving is hard (some might use stronger language!). It’s hard in part because it takes so much effort to get “settled in.” From car tags and drivers’ licenses to finding dishes and deciding where to put the furniture, from getting to know the neighbors and getting around town to lights and water and where to take the trash, from forwarding mail to opening accounts—the road is long and hard that leads from “our new house” to “feels like home.”
But, O, how good it is to feel at home. At home, with a settled, peaceful routine. At home, with neighbors who look out for each other. At home, with its comforts. At home, with its safety. At home, with its warmth. At home, with its laughter. At home, with its love. There is no feeling like feeling at home.
For the Hebrew people, inhabit the land captured that wonderful feeling of home. The land meant safety and security, bounty and joy, unity and peace, all this and more. More, I say, the land was a sign of God’s favor. For God promised the land, and He promised that if His people would love Him, seek Him, and serve Him, they would always inhabit the land.
God makes that same promise to you and me today—the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it. God doesn’t promise large estates or lavish lifestyles. But what He does promise money can never buy—contentment and peace, a settled mind and godly counsel, good will and God’s favor—God . . . richly provides us with everything to enjoy (1 Tim. 6:17).
God makes the same promise now that He made then, but with the same condition. It is the upright and those with integrity, the single-hearted and whole-hearted servants of God, who inhabit the land. So grab for the gusto and get disappointed; go after God and live satisfied.
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. Love God, and live.
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