Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Whose Designer and Builder Is God


News! News! Leslie and I have made an offer on this house in Colorado Springs. We have been looking for several months and are very happy with this one. It doesn’t need a whole lot of work, but we hope to convert the garage into a kitchen and family area in order to make room for our growing family.

So, ten years and four and a half children later and we are just now buying our first home. We certainly feel like we have been living in the wilderness, waiting on the Lord to allow us to enter the land. During these past ten years I’ve constantly had to remind myself that Abraham never lived in a house after he moved away from Ur. He and his large family lived in tents in the Promised Land until he died. Surely renting is better than living in tents!

Hebrews 11:8-10 8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.
So why did it take so long? Leslie and I did life a little different than many in our generation. We married young and had our first two children while we were still in college. I’ve never been a good student so school was for me a necessary evil. Marriage on the other hand was God’s good and perfect gift to men. So I gladly embraced God’s gift of Leslie and we are living happily ever after.

I do not recommend this way for everyone, I certainly won’t encourage Isaiah to marry before he finishes his schooling. But once we made our choice to marry young, we found that we had to make a choice as to how we were going to live in the land. We could have decided to put our children in daycare. Leslie could have finished school and found a well paying job. We could have done these things and purchased a home years ago. But we decided that it would be better to live in the land as exiles (renting), than to neglect our family.

Hebrews 11:13-16 13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
Yet now that the Lord has seen fit to give us a home, I am reminded of God’s warnings to the people of Israel as they entered that land.

Deuteronomy 6:10-15 10 "And when the LORD your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you- with great and good cities that you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant- and when you eat and are full, 12 then take care lest you forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13 It is the LORD your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. 14 You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you, 15 for the LORD your God in your midst is a jealous God, lest the anger of the LORD your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth.
The Lord has been good to us. We certainly did not build this house with our own hands, nor did we fill it with all good things. He has done it all. And we, through the work of Jesus Christ and the help of his Holy Spirit, will not forget our God. We don’t need this house, but we will be thankful to the Lord if he finds it good to give it to us.

Please pray for us as our offer is considered. Pray for us as we seek another country.

1 comment:

C Timm said...

Congrats! May God bless you and many others through this home.