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HOME: God's Big Idea
Gen. 2:23-24, Eccl. 12:13-14, Psalm 127:1

 

 

 

The dull, gray concrete floor of a new house may not look like much in the beginning, but it represents the most critical part of the structure - the foundation. Today we're going to begin by taking a look at what the Bible says the foundation of our homes should be. Unless we build our homes on God's sure foundation, they will not last, but will crumble before our very eyes. The foundation is the first thing we lay down and it represents that on which everything else will depend and that upon which everything else will be built.

 

During WWII, housing was in short supply. A lady with good intentions expressed sympathy to a little girl whose family did not live in a house. She said, "It's too bad your family doesn't have a home." The five-year-old replied, "We have a home. We just don't have a house to put it in." In WWII, there was a housing shortage; today we have a home shortage."1

 

God's word is rich in its teachings, seldom covert, and, more often than not, very open in revealing that which went on inside the homes listed in Scripture. We'll look at some of those, from time to time. But today we're going to begin where God began…in the beginning.

 

Though Adam and Eve didn't at first have a house in which to put their home, they did, nevertheless, have a home…as God intended. Theirs was in a beautiful Garden where they enjoyed a time of blissful communion with God. They walked in the Garden…with God. They didn't have selfish thoughts, impure motives, or even any hang-ups. They were wonderfully happy walking with God in the Garden where they became husband and wife. Not many can boast that God married them, but Adam and Eve could. The Bible says in Genesis 2:23-24: The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman,' for she was taken out of man." 24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh."

 

This fact alone is huge when we understand that it represents the tremendous importance God places on the home. In this blissful existence, God married them; thus He established the first home. If only they had lived happily ever after.

 

In the weeks that followed, their honeymoon was interrupted by an unexpected, and uninvited, guest. The serpent deceived them and then, suddenly, they found themselves hiding from God rather than walking with Him in the cool of the day. Sound familiar?

 

How often do we feel the gentle tugs from God to walk and talk with Him? But, instead, like Adam and Eve, we hide, hoping He'll go away…or, at least, stop pursuing us? The fact that Moses was called the friend of God gives us some insight into that which God wants in His relationships with us. He longs for us to walk with Him. He was deeply grieved the day that Adam and Eve could no longer do that.

 

He evicted them from the Garden of Eden so that they would not make permanent their sinful state by also eating from the Tree of Life. In being expelled from the Garden, suddenly they needed food and shelter and that food and shelter became the basics of survival for them.

 

That was then, this is now. That was many centuries ago. Since then we've been through the Stone Age, the ice age, the dark ages, the industrial age, the space age, and the information age, just to name of few. All this aging should have made us wiser, but has it? Unfortunately, the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden led to the beginning of family problems, problems that continue even today.

 

So, why do we still live as small groups in homes today? Hasn't anyone ever tried to do life without a family? Aren't there other ways of doing life, other than doing life together as families? We could do case studies on the Charles Manson's, Ted Bundy's, and Lee Harvey Oswald's of this world and would have all the reasons we'd need to understand why home matters. The product that is produced as a result of doing life apart from families is not a product that sells. We look at men like these and cringe and we say we wouldn't wish that on our worst enemies. Home is, indeed, the fabric which holds society together. Without God-honoring homes, nations fall.

 

So, why do most people live together in families? Because, in the beginning, God placed people together in families. No matter how far from that we stray, no matter which way we go, no matter what worldly models we try to implement, we always come back to doing life together as families…because it's God's way and God's will for the home. If we do not understand this basic tenet of our faith, we will not be able to comprehend God's purpose for the home.

 

Next time we'll further define the purpose of the foundation on which our homes are built. Until then, meditate on the fact that Home was God's Big Idea! Are there any changes you need to make in your home to honor God's idea and plan for your home? Ask Him to help you. He'd like nothing more.

 

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1 McHenry. Something to Think About, #418

 



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