Psalm 25:12-13 NKJ says, "Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his descendants shall inherit the earth."
One translation of that verse says that the man who fears the Lord shall "lodge in goodness." That's wonderful, isn't it—to live in a place that's a manifestation of the goodness of the Lord!
I can tell you from personal experience just how wonderful it is. From the beginning of my faith walk, I began believing for the right place to live. Since the reality of God's Word came into our lives, God has always given us a good home to live in.
Our homes were not always big or fancy, but each one was a blessing to us. The first one was just a little house, but every time we moved, the Lord increased us.
Because I enjoy beautiful surroundings, through the years I cut out pictures and made notes of things I wanted in my dream home, which I believed we would someday build. I drew plans of my idea of the ideal house, changing them as I went along until, after many years, I had a clear idea of what I wanted.
I can honestly say I was under no pressure even though the manifestation of it did not come for a long time. I still believed it would and I was in peace.
I prayed for about five years over whether to build or not because I knew time was short, and I did not want to waste time and effort building if Jesus were coming before I occupied it! I also prayed about the wisdom of God for this project. I prayed and listened for direction.
One day I went into a new home that was for sale. It was totally furnished and beautiful. I thought, I could just move in here! I got acquainted with the builder and began to work on plans. This took a couple of years while still praying about when to start and believing for the money to build and furnish it.
The plans were finished and it was time to act. Ken and I took some time off to pray and be sure this was the will of God for us at that time.
(Timing is everything. The Bible says, "Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house" (Prov. 24:27). Psalm 127:1 says, "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it...." I did not want to go through all that effort in vain!)
I enjoyed the home I had, and I would have been content to stay there, if that's what He had wanted me to do.
But the Lord let us know that it pleased Him to give it to us. So, we selected a site and began to build.
I don't mind telling you, that house is such a demonstration to me of God's goodness that almost every time I walk into it, I feel like shouting and dancing a little! It seems almost too good to be true.
One day just as the construction was being finished, I walked around it and thought, This is so wonderful, I feel like I'm in a dream. Suddenly, I realized that was scriptural. Psalm 126 says:
When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them. The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.God wanted the Israelites to walk in their dreams. He wants me to walk in my dreams, and He wants you to walk in yours.
(Ps. 126: 1-3)
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