Now when the king was settled in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the LORD is with you.”
But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the LORD: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? – 2 Samuel 7:1-5 (NRSV)
Having a place to dwell is critical to so many other things in society. To be homeless is to be disconnected, unprotected and powerless. This is not the case with God. When He makes His home among the people it is so they can connect with Him, be protected by Him and be empowered by Him. He changes the neighborhood.
David did not get the privilege of building a house for God, but we do get that privilege. God, through His Son has made our hearts His home. He asks each of us, “Are you the one to build me a house to live in?” and we say, “With Christ, all things are possible.” Preparing our children for this mystery is an incredible burden, for the world is hell bent on condemning the house, making it unlivable for a holy God.
To raise a child who believes in the triune God is to prepare Him another home to dwell. We have the amazing honor of being homebuilders for the living God, contractors for the Creator. The construction site is changing and growing and needs to be cleaned often. The tools have been provided by the Master Builder and the instructions are in His holy book. Let us build good homes for a good God.
Lord, help me be a builder of good homes for Your spirit to dwell. Help me to be disciplined in this work and help me protect what is built from the corruption of the world. Amen.