At Home with God’s Promises

I don’t think I’m alone in saying that reading through the book of Leviticus in the Bible can be a struggle. Yet this time through something struck me about Leviticus 14:33-57. In verses 34-35, God tells Moses and Aaron: “‘When you enter the land of Canaan, which I am giving you as your possession, and I put a spreading mold in a house in that land, the owner of the house must go and tell the priest, ‘I have seen something that looks like a defiling mold in my house (NIV).’”

At this point in the Bible the Israelites are living in tents, but God is telling them that they will take possession of Canaan and become homeowners. Here, in the midst of rules about how to atone for sinful behavior and how to handle unclean things, there is a future instruction on how to handle mold in a home. God isn’t just about their current condition, but he is very much about preparing them for their future.

To me this demonstrates that God is not just about the big things, but he is also about the smallest details of our lives. He is concerned about our current well-being as well as our future. As Jeremiah 29:11 tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (NIV).”

My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. – John 14:2-3 (NIV)

© 2018 CGThelen

#Retrospective: This Post originally published June 12, 2018.

13 thoughts on “At Home with God’s Promises

  1. What a great insight, wow! I agree that Leviticus can be challenging, which makes it so evident how carefully you were listening in for what God wanted to say even in a challenging part of the Scriptures. Well done!

  2. So funny I just had to read through that section in my daily devotional. I confess I gave up about halfway through. Never once did I see this. Thanks!

    1. Yeah, Lamentations is a tough read. It dawned on me the last time I read that section that God was talking about homes before they were in the promised land. It made me think about what he is doing in my life today to prepare me for His future plans for me. Thanks for the comment and your honesty about Lamentations 😊 Blessings.

  3. Thanks for highlighting this. I hadn’t noticed that ray of hope … The fact that God was already looking ahead at a secure and positive future that He knew would come to pass. He knows the end from the beginning even while we’re fixated on the challenges all around us right now.

    1. He is preparing us for a future that he holds in his hands. He wants what’s best for us. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Blessings.

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