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“MY HOUSE” – Mar. 25

March 25, 2013

“Moreover, I declare to you that the Lord will build you a house.” 1 Chronicles 17:8b

English: Waddesdon Manor, built between 1874 a...I would like to travel one day to the United Kingdom and tour the great houses of the National Trust.  I watched a video series of several estates of the National Trust and have been fascinated by them ever since. Many of these estates were constructed by prominent and wealthy families as a testament to their position and prosperity.

I love the architecture and the gardens.  I appreciate the history that these landmarks represent.  Yet, these estates testify to the transient nature of human glory.  The reason many of these family holdings are now in the National Trust is due to the weight of sustaining and maintaining such opulence when family resources dwindle.

I am reminded that I have a house. 

A house that is greater and more majestic than any holding in the National Trust.  It is a house that is free from the bondage of decay.  The paint does not fade and the roof never leaks.  The masonry never cracks. The foundation never subsides.  It has been built according to the very heart of the Master Builder.  This house is established on the steadfast love of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

English: Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. (Nati...

English: Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. (National Trust Property) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That is my house.

Why pursue the temporal dwellings of this life, even the opulence of the great houses of our age, when the house of the Lord is waiting for us?  When Christ walked this world, he did not have a house of his own.  That is not entirely true.  He had a house that awaited Him.  He possessed a house, greater than Herod’s palace.  His everlasting throne in the Lord’s house awaited Him every night he slept in peasant accommodations.  Not having a house crafted by human hands out of the earth’s resources is no great sacrifice when we remember that Christ’s house is crafted by the word of God from the air of heaven.

I am stunned by the thought that I have been granted a place in that house.  I will not tour His house but I will reside in His house.  It was in the Lord’s heart to want me in His house.  I have been given an eternal home by the steadfast love of the One who sits on the throne.  I have been included in a house that was never my own.  It is a house that I am not entitled to.  It is a house that will never decay or end since it is sustained by the limitless resources of God.  A house filled with the holiness and righteousness of God.

That is my house.

PRAYER: Lord, words fail me as I try to comprehend all that you have done for me.  I am in awe of  You, Heavenly Father.  I rejoice in You, my Lord.  May the song of praise that is in my heart be a sweet fragrance to you.  The wonderous works that you have accomplished, I will be ever mindful of and make known.  Father, you are so good.  Thank you for your steadfast love and abounding grace and mercy that you have shown me.  Amen

6 comments

  1. National Trust houses are very beautiful – if you like that sort of thing. Me – I’m a simple sort of soul, and all that opulence and grandeur would be too much for me. Many of these houses have beautiful gardens too – I’d rather have natural beauty any day. I know that the place He has prepared in His mansion will be designed for me, just the way I’d like it.
    If you’re ever in the Uk, look me up:) Gill


    • Gill – I think I like the formal gardens of the National Trust houses the most. I am looking forward to walking through the truly amazing gardens with our Lord. I would love to make it to the UK someday – thanks for the offer to visit. Unfortunately, no plans or budget at the moment.
      God Bless
      JD


  2. Thank you for blessing me with this today, and encouraging me with all I have in Christ. God bless you!


  3. Being a UK’dian and having visited a few National trust properties, I can confirm they’re brill…still…not as good as His house, I can’t wait to view it! Thanks for this 🙂


  4. What a beautiful meditation. God bless you.


  5. Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” That’s a promise we can trust. Thanks for the reminder J.



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