August 30, 2007Email to a FriendPrint
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6
One of the questions I’m frequently asked is, “Where do you live?” The Post Office says I live in Ballwin, Missouri, but being on the road so much, sometimes I’m just not sure.
“Where do you live?” could become more than a passing question if last week’s statements about U.S. homes facing foreclosures can be believed. You may have missed the story, so let me tell you what’s happening. Over the last few years, lending institutions have come up with all kinds of new and inventive ways of helping people buy a home.
Owning a home is a good thing. . . a thing to which most of us aspire. Because we want to have a home that we can call our own, we’re willing to go out on a lending limb. That’s what a lot of people have done when they took out a loan whose interest rates can be adjusted each year. There’s no problem with having such a loan as long as interest rates stay low, but when interest rates climb, so does the payment.
Because people haven’t been able to make their payments, lending institutions have been sending out foreclosure notices. Compared to last July, this July saw twice as many notices going out. Experts have predicted that there may be 2 million foreclosures sent out. Those numbers are cold statistics. They are statistics that translate into a lot of families who are going to be stressed, frightened, unsure, and possibly homeless. We will be including all of them in our prayer today.
But I would also like to take this time to point out that there is one home Christians have which can’t be taken away from them. This is a home that is extremely expensive, but which didn’t cost them anything. This heavenly home has been given to them through the suffering and sacrifice of our Savior. King David talked about that home in the words that end the familiar 23rd Psalm: “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Because of Jesus’ perfect life, His refusal to be tempted, and His death upon Calvary’s cross, nobody can foreclose on our heavenly home. No notice can be sent to evict us. We have a permanent home where joy and happiness will reign forever.
That thought was of comfort to David who had lived a good share of his life without a place to call home. In an uncertain world it should be a source of peace to all of us as well.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, today I pray for all those who are worried about what tomorrow may bring. For those who have received foreclosure notices, as well as all those whose homes are filled with fear. I ask that You will bring them through these difficulties and give them peace of mind and heart in this world as well as the next. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries