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Sunday, January 23, 2022

When God Calls

“There’s no place like home” comes to mind when I read Psalm 71. Here, God is called our “refuge”, he is our “rock” and our “fortress” – how comforting to know that in Him we have protection, peace, and safety from all who seek to do us harm! Here God is said to “recue me” and to “deliver me” and to “save me”. In Him we have “confidence” enough that He should be “relied on”.

“There’s no place like home” for many is a sentiment that rings true of peace, comfort, and fond memories. The home should be a refuge, a place where we can get away from the stresses of life, and a place where families can reconnect and enjoy one another’s company.

“There’s no place like home” probably doesn’t conjure the same feelings in each of us. Sometimes, home is stressful, home has problems, sometimes home doesn’t bring us peace or fond memories. We live in a fallen and broken world full of broken people, sinful choices, mistakes, and imperfection. Mentioning “home” for some may come off as insensitive, uncaring, or ignorant.

However, there is another home, our true home, that promises us a “peace that passes understanding” (Phil. 4:7), “comfort in our troubles” (2 Cor. 1:4), and hope for a future when “God will wipe away every tear” (Rev. 7:17). The children of God are promised a place with our Heavenly Father in John 14 when Jesus tells his disciples: “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14:2-4).

In this world, we have trouble (John 16:33), but only for a time. One day, “The Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first” (1 Thes. 4:16). On that day, those in Christ will have a new home and can truly say, “There’s no place like home.”

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