“If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, “You are my security”, if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained, if I have regarded the sun in its radiance or the moon moving in splendor, so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage, then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.”
It takes but a moment. That split second where the heart betrays God and rejoices over something that is not Him. That moment when we think “God is good, but my training and expertise is what will get me the job” or that moment when we are struggling to survive in an area of life – parenting , marriage, workplace and sneak off for the self-help books, hoping that offering a ‘kiss of homage’ to the humanistic, God-less methods might give us the strength to get through the day and onto the next.
I was at a conference on the weekend and a lady shared from Psalm 91. She said, “We need to move from saying, “I know God” to saying and believing that “He is my refuge and my fortress. He is my home.”
The All-knowing, all-satisfying, all-powerful, gracious, merciful God is our home. When life gets to us, when burdens are heavy – where do we go? When we are sick and in need of rest we find ourselves going home, resting, dwelling in, gaining comfort from …home. This is what God wants with our hearts that are ever prone to wandering. He wants us to return home and take shelter with Him. “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge, faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (vs 4)
The problem with making wealth our home is that it can be gone in an instant. Market crash, stolen, spent, wasted, burnt. The sun and the moon will one day disappear and be no more. But God? “Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90v1-2)
Where is your home?