Struck home

With the holiday season upon us, home means different things to different people. For some, it is family gathering and reconnecting with loved ones. For others, it is being patient with family members who always knows how to push your buttons.

Home really struck home with me this past Wednesday.

I woke up thinking about a friend who invited me to a women’s group at her church in Oct 2019. I fell in love with the ladies and the church. In Jan 2020, I decided that this was now my “forever home.” I was so grateful to this friend and praised God for her invitation to me.

Then at corporate prayer that same morning, we were praying for those who have stopped coming to church since covid, and also for those who feel lonely during the holidays, that they would feel welcome and come to church, and maybe find a home like I did.

At lunch, I opened my Bible and this verse popped out, “I will thank the LORD with all my heart as I meet with His godly people.” (Ps. 111:1 [NLT])

That just sung out “home” to me! My church family are my people. The next morning, what is in my devotional? A line saying, home is where the heart is! I love when God does this! I pondered on it and came up with this:

My true home is defined by what and whom I love. Wherever my heart is, is my true home. Home is the place where I have a foundation of love, warmth, and a connection with people I love.

But it goes deeper than just my church home and people. Heaven is my true and forever home! Jesus said, “There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am preparing a place for you.” (John 14:2 [NLT])

I will have an eternal home in heaven! For then I will be at home with the Lord. (Based on 2 Cor. 5:1,8)

But we don’t have to wait until we get to heaven to enjoy this home. All those who love Jesus will do what He says. Then the Father will love them and We will come and live with them.” (Based on John 14:23) My home is in the Presence of the LORD. And the Holy Spirit lives in me.

I then got to thinking about who my people are. And know they are also believers in Jesus. The previous evening in my reading Ezekiel, I came across, “You will be my people, and I will be your God.” (Ezek. 36:28 NLT])

I knew this was said more than once, or a variation of it, I will be your God, and you shall be my people. So I found 16 times where this was said in the Bible. God repeating this tells me He really wants us to have an intimate, daily relationship with Him. I mean, that why He created the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve, to have a relationship with His creation. He is the same today and He was then, so that longing to have a relationship with us still applies.

Well, you know me and math, so I looked up the Biblical significance of the number 16, and was awestruck with what I found.

The number 16 is indicated in Hebrew by two letters, namely “Yod Vav.” These two letters are said to symbolize two hearts being joined together as one, in love.

Does that not sound like God loving us and wanting to be in an intimate relationship with us? It sure does to me!

I hope this post strikes home with you as well, and you can take comfort in the absolute fact that God has adopted us into His forever home because of what Jesus did on the cross. So you can boldly face the upcoming holiday season knowing you are part of God’s people! And not have to dread the button pushing relatives.

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31 thoughts on “Struck home

  1. I love this! The verses about “You will be my people, and I will be your God” always grab me, but you tying it to the number 16 was just amazing. Thank you for sharing this!

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  2. Your thoughts about what makes a true “home” for those who have faith in Christ are encouraging. Families are super important—God created and blessed them—but they sometimes fall apart. Church families have similar limitations. Only God is forever faithful.
    Great post!

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  3. What a great wee study sister! Home is important in this world, but more so in eternity. I remember the anguish of being homeless in my younger years, it certainly makes me more appreciative today. God bless you today 🙏

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  4. I appreciate this post and almost understand it… Some say they have a difficult time calling God “Father” because they had such a bad relationship with theirs. For me, it is the idea of “home.” Home, when we think of family gathering around all that… nothin’. I like your post and home with God. I’ll work on that.

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