Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holy Habitation

 5A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.
 6God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land. 

Holy Habitation

What an amazing God we serve! He sits in His holy habitation and brings justice to His children. To the fatherless He is a father, to the widows He is a just judge, He grants families to the solitary, and He sets free those who have been imprisoned unjustly. However, those who rebel against Him dwell in a dry land.

How can these things be true when we look all around us and see the opposite. We see orphans and widows treated cruelly, loneliness seems to abound, people are unlawfully imprisoned, and the rebellious seem to live in the best of circumstances.

In a world steeped in sin, it is often difficult for us to see God at work among His people. Yet we must remember that what often appears to us is really an illusion of reality. In faith, we know that God does, indeed, take care of His children. He may allow them to undergo severe circumstances for a time, but He only does so to purify them and make them more like Him. We are so consumed by the values of this wicked world, that God often has to work for years and years to bring us gently to Him.

Our God, who so loves us, His children, only gives us trials that we can bear, and when the difficulties come, so also comes His abundant grace to sustain us through the deep waters. He does not sit in His holy habitation unmoved by our present circumstances, but is actively at work in our hearts and lives bringing grace, comfort, and joy.

What of those who rebel against God? We must remember that if it seems as though the circumstances of the wicked are so much better than ours, we only need to come into the sanctuary of God and understand their end. The good things of this world are the best that they will ever have. For the Godly, however, nothing on this earth will begin to compare with the joys that await us in eternity.

So again I say, what an amazing God we serve. He sits in His holy habitation as a father to the fatherless and a judge to the widows, setting the solitary in families, and freeing those bound with chains. Why? He does this because we have been bought with a price--the blood of His own dear Son. We are a priceless treasure to Him! 

How amazing is that?

God Bless You,

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