TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, September 21, 2020:
The place where one lives permanently; one’s place of residence; a place where you live and feel that you belong.
Lord You have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
One of the innate and innermost desires of all of us is to have a place we call “home;” a place we can come to where we feel safe and wanted and comfortable.
From the beginning God intended that mankind had a place to all home. In the beginning, after God created the world, He created a man and called him Adam and a woman and called her Eve. Because He is a loving and caring God, He also created a home for them.
In Genesis 2: 8, we find that “the Lord God planted a garden toward the east in Eden and there He placed the man that He formed.” In that beautiful garden, God gave them everything they would need. It was a perfect home because it was created by God Himself. Before Adam and Eve sinned, God would come and walk and talk with Adam and Eve in the garden.
When Adam and Eve sinned, they lost not only their beautiful and perfect home, but their perfect relationship with God.
The home we have here on earth is only temporary. Jesus came to this earth to give us a permanent home. On the evening of Jesus’ last supper with His disciples before His death and resurrection, Jesus said this to His disciples: “In My Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” God has already prepared a home in heaven for each one of us who love and have accepted Jesus as our Savior.
Not many live-in mansions here on earth. Our home in heaven will be far more grand than any earthly mansions. More important than the grandeur of our mansion will be our restored relationship with God Almighty.
The following is an excerpt from a poem in the book, “STREAMS IN THE DESERT.” The author is unknown but no doubt a devout follower of Jesus.
“And now my home is God. And sheltered there. God meets the trials of my earthly life. God compasses me round from storm and strife. God takes the burden of my daily care. O Wondrous place! O Home divinely fair! My home is God!
Yes, God is our dwelling place!
Our memory verse for this week is found in Mark 11:25.
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you and your sins.
Thank You, dear Lord, for our great anticipation in living at home with You for an eternity. Keep us close to You and help us to walk and talk the good news of the gospel to all that we make contact with.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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