How to Make God Your Home – Safe and Nurtured

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What does it mean to make God your home? What does home mean to you? When we know that God is our home we can rest in Him knowing we are safe and nurtured now and forever.

Lord, through all the generations
    You have been our home!

Psalm 90:1

As I read those words, I wondered about what the Psalmist meant by saying that God was his home. Then I began thinking about what the word “home” means in general.

It’s a word we begin using as young children. For many, “home” is a place of nurturing and safety. But for others, it’s a place of fear and abuse.

One thing is certain, “home” is the place where people KNOW us.

We know the people we live with better than we know anyone else on the planet. We know their likes and dislikes, their quirks and triggers, and their strengths and weaknesses.

We tend to be “real” around the people with whom we spend the most time.

Moses wrote Psalm 90 and he also wrote these words from God…

I will place my residence among you, and I will not reject you.

Leviticus 26:11

Through all generations, since the beginning of time, God has made people because He wanted a close relationship with them. He made you and me because He wants to live with us. He made us to be His family. He wants us to KNOW Him as He knows us . . . deeply and intimately.

He knows us inside and out. God sees our words and actions. He sees our thoughts, the desires of our hearts, our foolish attitudes, our judgmental pride, and our impatient annoyance.

You spread out our sins before you—
our secret sins—and You see them all.

Psalm 90:9

The Life Application Bible Notes add…

While He knows all that terrible information about us, God still loves us and wants to forgive us.

The Lord loves each of us so much that although He knows every detail about our thoughts and our hearts . . . He still wants a close intimate relationship with us.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.

John 3:16–17

God could simply choose to judge and condemn us . . . that’s what we deserve. But instead, He gave Jesus to save us and set us free from sin, death, and evil’s power.

God knows our sinful thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors yet He gave Jesus because He wants to make His home with us. He wants us to KNOW that He is our home . . . the place where we are forgiven and where we are safe and nurtured.

What does it mean to make God your home? What does home mean to you? When we know that God is our home we can rest in Him knowing we are safe and nurtured now and forever.

Let’s pray…

A Prayer to Rest Secure In God Your Home

Father, since the beginning of time, since You breathed life into the first human being, You have watched over us and known everything about us. We are born sinful and the consequences of sin is death and eternal separation from You.

But You sent Jesus to suffer our punishment so that we can come to You for forgiveness and never experience Your rejection. And to those of us who do come to You through Jesus, You give the Holy Spirit that we might truly KNOW You and come to You, our home.

Whatever my personal experiences and impressions of “home,” I pray that I might always remember that with You I am safe and nurtured. I am forgiven and loved! You are God Almighty! You are holy and eternal. You are righteous and glorious in all You do.

Please help me remember that all I experience here is temporary but home with You is forever and always. You want me to live every moment knowing I can trust You. You keep Your promises. I can depend on You. In this fragile world, You are my source of strength. You keep me safe and nurtured knowing that I am secure through Your Son, Jesus. Amen.

What does it mean to make God your home? What does home mean to you? When we know that God is our home we can rest in Him knowing we are safe and nurtured now and forever.

A reality of life addressed by Moses that we’d like to ignore is that life is short.

Teach us to realize the brevity of life,
so that we may grow in wisdom.

Psalm 90:12

Our time here is limited but when we SEEK, KNOW, TRUST, and LOVE God . . . when we go to Him for forgiveness through Jesus, we receive His saving mercy and grace. We don’t get the eternal punishment we deserve but the blessing of being safe and nurtured in His presence forever.

So, may we remember that living with His eternal promises in mind is the wisest way to live.

Jesus said…

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.

John 14:1–3

And that’s a promise we can count on because as the writer of Hebrews said…

So God has given both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. 

Hebrews 6:18–19a

May you always know that you are safe and nurtured in God your “home” by grace through faith in Jesus.

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  1. Let us all seek for God’s presence, give thanks to Him each day, and know we can always run home to our loving Father.
    Blessings, Deb!

    1. Kathy Francescon says:

      Amen. Martha! Amen!

    2. Martha, I think of the Prodigal Father waiting and watching for his son to come home. I love how he runs to the son, holds him close, and throws a party. That just makes me smile. We have a loving Heavenly Father who wants us to come HOME! Blessings, dear friend! Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Kathy Francescon says:

    Oh Deb, how powerful and how true a statement! I had never thought of God in this exact context, but I will never forget it now! GOD IS HOME! I am sitting here, staring at those three words, letting them sink into my mind, my heart, my soul, my spirit. I am trying to absorb, to articulate, the endless and infinite intricacies this simple, but most profound statement invokes… There is great beauty, safety, comfort. Great love, peace and joy. Rest, reassurance, calmness. There is teaching, learning, guidance, and encouragement. There is work, there is respite. There is provision of every need, physically, emotionally, mentally. It is never feeling lonely, never being alone. There is support, forgiveness, patience. There is consistency, availability, listening, understanding, patience, help. There is laughter, crying, comfort and healing. It is the place that knows all my secrets, all my isms, all my messes, my big junk drawer, my hopes, my dreams, my desires, my weaknesses, my strengths. It is fellowship, trust and truth. It is my sanctuary, my sanity, my confusion, my clarity. It is my favorite of all places to be! IT IS HOME, and GOD IS MY HOME!
    Thank You my beautiful “God Representative,” for this wonderful teaching this morning! Your words have made a magnificent impact and given me such spiritual insight! A big slice of my daily bread! Thank you, my beloved “Sister” and precious friend. I needed this today.

    1. I love your thoughts here, Kathy! It’s a blessing the way you dug deep into all of the characteristics of “home.” I love that feeling of turning onto our street and time away. We drive up exhausted and know that home is where we can breathe . . . where we can “cease striving.” That’s what our Father wants for us. He wants us to “cease striving and KNOW” that we can experience peace, hope, love, and so much more when we are close to Him . . . when He is our Home. Blessings, my friend!

  3. Ana Cordova says:

    Loved the beautiful words and prayers on how God is so nurturing and wants us to know he is home and will never forsake us. We just need to trust, seek, know and love him and he will always let us in his home. Thank you dear Lord for being so faithful to us despite our sins and rejecting you when thinks don’t go our way. Forgive me dear Lord for my sins. I know you are there for me as long as I repent and continue to love, glorify you please have mercy on me. Blessings Deb and everyone who follows your blog. Have a wonderful blessed weekend ????♥️

    1. I’m glad you were blessed and encouraged, Ana! Thank you for adding these beautiful words of prayer. May the Lord be with you and bless you today and always!

  4. Thank you so much for this. It is so good to be reminded of this. With God we have all and everything. I am thankful that God loves me despite my short comings. I take so much comfort in this! Mankind may let us down,but God never will. With Him we always have a home.
    Blessings to you and the Rev.

    1. Amen, Sue! There is no place better anywhere in the world than to be safe and secure in the Lord’s loving care. Thanks as always for being a wonderful blessing and friend! God be with you!

  5. Linda Bendure says:

    What a beautiful way to start a new week and month than to find your post on my emails this morning. Thank you for reminding me of God’s love for me always—– for many years I think I allowed myself to not remember and dwell on those thoughts that I did learn as a child from my mother’s influence all those years ago. I don’t now how you got my email but I am most grateful and look forward to hearing from you again. Thank you

    1. Thank you so much, Linda! Your kind words of encouragement are truly a blessing. I’m guessing maybe one of your friends may have signed you up to receive emails. If you ever find out, tell them I said thank you! God bless you!