Come Home To Your Place
Posted: Friday, November 7
Verse of the day:
Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home. (Proverbs 27:8)
The classic movie “The Wizard of Oz,” closed with a homesick girl holding her dog and whispering the famous line “There’s no place like home.” This story attained high praise amongst critics and captured generations of followers simply because it resonates in the heart of people – there is literally no place like home.
In children, a sense of “home” is critical to their well-being. A child’s need to feel safe and to belong somewhere, directly impacts their development. Speaking, learning, and relating all hinge on a child’s sense of being safe and secure. The ongoing emotional upheaval of being homeless is a major obstacle in the storm through which they must navigate to survive. Sadly, mental illness abounds amongst the homeless.
The Hebrew word we translate to “home” in English is more literally translated as “place.” It refers to a place of comfort, safety, and warmth. The idea of “home” is a place where we grow up. It’s like an incubator where we discover life. Home is our place in life and it’s filled with memories, nostalgia, and a sense of belonging. Home keeps us grounded. As we grow older, our place in life ultimate connects us to the reason God created us. This is who we are. This is where we belong. Like the Prodigal son in Luke 15, people can walk away from their home or their place. The reasons why are as various as the people who leave: conflict, pain, discontentment, pride, anger, insecurity, and the list goes on and on. Solomon noticed that when someone strays from their place in life, they struggle in the same a young bird that strays from its nest struggles to survive – it’s not good.
One of the names for Jehovah the Ancient Rabbis ascribed to Him was “Place.” Universally, this name speaks of God’s omnipotence, that He is everywhere at once. But personally it means that God is my place. For the person who trusts in Jesus, we come to the understanding that we were made for Him. We belong to Him. We are His. He is our place.
You may be feeling out of sorts today. It may have been awhile since you’ve talked with God or just spent some quality time with Him. My challenge to you is to simply “Come home” and enjoy Him as “Your place” today.