For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.
As children, we’re under our parents’ control. We live where they live, go where they go, and do what they tell us to do. When we’re adults, though, we leave our parents’ house and find our own place to live. We get to choose where to go, making a home for ourselves. And when we find the perfect place, there is nothing like the comfort that our home offers to us. It should be a place of safety and joy for us and our family.
Imagine, then, the God of all the universe choosing Zion for His home, choosing to dwell close to His people on Earth. What’s even more amazing is that God chooses to dwell in us when we are saved. And though some are mansions and some are shacks, God chooses us for his habitation. He moves in to be our best friend, to be with us always.
It’s nice to be chosen. It’s nice to be wanted. It’s nice to be near those we love. And God has always desired to dwell close to those who love and serve Him. He came down to walk with Adam and Eve in the garden. He passed by Moses on the mountainside. He came down to talk with Abraham. He dwelt in the tabernacle and the temple. And Jesus came to Earth and walked among us.
Though it may not always feel like it, God wants us and wants to be near us. We may push Him away at times or wander far from Him. We may separate ourselves from Him through sin or disobedience. We may ignore Him by neglecting prayer and Bible study or skipping church. But the truth is, we are not as far away as we may think we are. There’s always a road back home, and God is always ready and waiting for us when we decide to return.
Someday we will leave these earthly homes behind and move in to a new home in heaven. Though God had to once descend to us, someday we will rise to Him and the place He has prepared for us. There’s such a sweet connotation in the word “home.” It’s our place, where we stay, where all our stuff is, where we’re safe from the outside world around us, and where our loved ones are with us. It’s a place where we feel like we belong. So let’s make God at home in our lives while we’re here on this Earth as we look forward to our new home, where we will dwell eternally with Him.