Places of Great Treasure

Healthy homes are central to God’s design. The Bible is anything but silent about home life. Today, I want to share three truths about healthy homes.

1. Healthy homes are built and protected by God.

Who is building and protecting your home?

“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” – Psalms 127:1

Screen Shot 2020-01-22 at 6.44.44 PMPrayer is God’s way of getting us in line with His design. One thing you can’t recycle, return, or get a refund on is wasted time. Time is non-refundable. But, time spent in prayer is never wasted time. He who waits on God wastes no time. Who is praying for your home?

Difficult time will come in every home. In Matthew 6, Jesus said, “do not worry.” Most of us understand worry because we experience it. In the Greek language, worrying means to be divided in your mind. The word “worry” in the Bible has two root words – “divided” and “mind.” This is the exact opposite from being held together.

“The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand.” – Proverbs 12:7

God knows our needs, and we can trust Him to provide. Are you trusting God to meet your needs today? Healthy homes are built and protected by God.

2. Healthy homes are built with wisdom.

There’s a story about a proud young man who came to Socrates asking for knowledge. He walked up to the muscular philosopher and said, “O great Socrates, I come to you for knowledge.” Socrates recognized a pompous numbskull when he saw one.

Screen Shot 2020-01-22 at 5.37.35 PMHe led the young man through the streets, to the sea, and chest-deep into water. Then he asked, “What do you want?” “Knowledge, O wise Socrates,” said the man with a smile. Socrates put his strong hands on the man’s shoulders and pushed him underwater.

Thirty seconds later, Socrates let him up. “What do you want?” he asked again. “Wisdom,” the young man sputtered, “O great, wise Socrates.” Socrates crunched him under again. Thirty seconds passed, thirty-five. Forty seconds. Socrates let him up. The man was gasping. “What do you want, young man?” Between heavy, heaving breaths the fellow wheezed, “Knowledge, O wise and wonderful…” Socrates jammed him under again. Forty seconds passed… fifty… he pulled him up again.

Socrates asked him again, “What do you want?” “Air!” he screeched. “I need air!” “When you want knowledge as you have just wanted air, then you will have knowledge.”

“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established.” – Proverbs 24:3  

Biblical wisdom is seeing life realistically from God’s perspective. There is no better vantage point to see what is happening in our lives than from God’s perspective. He is the ultimate gauge for both physical and spiritual things. God can see the future in the same way that we see the past. He has infinite knowledge of both actual and potential things to come. 

How awesome is it that this all-knowing Being has a plan for you and for me. Have you ever asked God for greater vision? Who is praying for wisdom in your home? Are you searching diligently for wisdom? Healthy homes are built with wisdom.

3. Healthy homes are places of great treasure.

Let me explain what I mean. The Greek word for blessed, makarios, was the name of an island off of Greece—the Makarios Island. It was known as the blessed island because it was self-contained. The residents there didn’t need to leave the island in order to get their needs met. 

Screen Shot 2020-01-22 at 5.37.44 PMThe island offered everything that they needed. The natural resources of the blessed island were so thick, so rich, so fruitful, and so productive that everything they needed to enjoy their lives was already built-in. The inhabitants of the island were self-sustained and self-contained without having to run to another island to get their needs met. The blessed island provided everything they needed.

Is your home like that island? Your home is designed to be blessed by God. All the stuff you get is outside of you. In the biblical world of being blessed, you should be okay being on the island. Just being in the Kingdom with the King ought to put you in a blessed location.

One way to know that you aren’t blessed yet in the biblical sense of the word is that you need to keep leaving the island to have fun. You need more than your relationship with God to have peace. You crave more than your communion with the Father to have joy.  

“In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.” – Proverbs 15:6

Healthy homes are places of great treasure. Healthy homes are central to God’s plan. Do you want to be blessed? None of this works without Christ. Find your sufficiency with Him.

 

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