I found I had such house envy
Reference: “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’ (Ezekiel 11:17 NIV)
Explore: I have stayed in lots of different homes in my time. Friends places, billet houses and even mission homes. But no matter how welcoming the owner of the house may be, I still find the saying true, “there’s no place like home”.
My neighbours have a new, glorious home. We recently went over there for dinner and I found I had such house envy.
Their home is spacious with all the up-to-date appliances. And yet, when I came back to my place I was instantly comfortable and familiar.
Application: Although I’ve read about it in the Bible all my life, I could never fully understand what it must have been for the Israelites to have been exiled from their homes. They were removed from what they knew, what was familiar and that to which they belonged.
While it would have been hard to hear the words of the prophet explaining their evil ways, prophets always brought an underlying message hope and life if the people returned to God.
While I have lived in many different homes, some better than others, the great comfort I have is knowing that I belong to God. It’s that knowledge of belonging that I can take with me wherever I go.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for being home to me. No matter where I go, You are with me and familiar to me. Amen.
When have you felt most at home?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.