have fond memories of establishing and decorating our first little apartment as a newlywed. I was abundantly happy to create a warm atmosphere where my husband and I could live “happily ever after”. As the years have passed, and children have graced our abode, some of the “excitement” may have diminished, but I still enjoy creating an inviting, warm environment…a place where my family wants to be!
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines habitation as a “place of abode; a settled dwelling”. The Strong’s Concordance gives the Hebrew word navah for habitation which means “to rest; implied idea of beauty; to keep at home”. As a wife and mom, this has been a primary focus of mine for twenty-three years – creating a beautiful, established home where my family can abide together comfortably.
Recently, God has shown me another dwelling He wishes for me to “prepare”. It is where He abides. In John 15, God makes it clear that we are to abide in Him and He will abide in us. Have I spent time preparing His habitation? What does His dwelling place resemble? Is it cozy, warm, and inviting? Or is it cold, dark, and uncomfortable?
Exodus 15:2, “The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.”
Preparing a habitation for the Lord – a beautiful place where He wants to be, where He can rest, where He feels at home – is a choice that I make. It doesn’t just happen automatically. Just as my home needs me to prepare it for my family, I must prepare my heart to be an abode for my God.
God gives us several examples in His Word of those who prepared their hearts. We can follow the example given to us in Ezra 7:10a,