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May 14, 2009


Visitation vs Habitation – Making God comfortable

II Kings 4:8-17 tells about Elisha and how he would frequently visit the town of Shunem.  Each time that he would be in town, a local woman would have him come for dinner.  She requested her husband to make a room for Elisha saying “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.” (v9-10)

This woman made Elisha comfortable enough for more than just a visit, but to live with her family.  Elisha was grateful and asked her if he could do anything for her.  She politely declined, so Elisha asked his servant.  His servant told him “she has no son and her husband is old” (v14)

Elisha went to her and said, “About this time next year, you will hold a son in your arms.”

Last week, while we were on vacation, Hubby and I stayed at three different people’s houses.  The first house was no really a comfortable place for us at all.  There weren’t enough chairs for everyone.  We weren’t offered a drink unless the hosts got thirsty and didn’t feel comfortable asking for one.  We needed to ask permission to use the bathroom.  It was a place that was okay for a short visit, perhaps a few hours, but that was it.

The second place was a bit better.  We had a place to comfortably relax while chatting with our host.  We were offered drinks, but didn’t feel comfortable getting our own.  We asked permission to use the bathroom the first time and were told “you don’t have to ask”.  It was a place that was okay for a little longer visit,perhaps a weekend, but not much longer.

The third place was Hubby’s best friend’s house.  We were welcomed with open arms by Hubby’s best friend and wife.  We were told to make ourselves comfortable.  We had no hesitations about helping ourselves to food and beverages.    We talked.  We laughed.  We hated leaving.  We probably could have stayed forever.

I think that all Christians are one of those places for God.  Maybe we are the place where He can visit for a bit, perhaps when we are worshipping at church, but He cannot comfortably abide in our homes because His spirit is too grieved by our attitudes and actions.  Or maybe we make our hearts and homes a bit more comfortable for Him by having personal devotions for a few minutes each day before spending the rest of the day on our selfish pursuits.  But hopefully we have the heart and home where He can come and not just be temporarily comfortable, but instead be blessed and glorified.  Hopefully, we provide God a place where He feels like family and not just a temporary guest

In John 14:23, Jesus said If anyone loves Me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. screamofcontinuousness permalink
    May 15, 2009 7:17 am

    this is GOOD. you should submit this to the internet Cafe Devotional site. seriously.

  2. May 15, 2009 10:34 am

    Thanks so much! It is something that has really been convicting me lately!

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