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New Inheritance: The Forever of Home

Devotions

In December 2006, Katie Davis traveled from her Tennessee hometown to Uganda. She returned the following summer and stayed for good. Since that time, she has started initiatives to feed many of the impoverished children as well as send them to school. Katie has also adopted thirteen daughters. “I am not doing anything spectacular,” she says. “I am just doing what God called me to do as a follower of Him. Feed His sheep, do unto the least of his people.”

Katie is making a home for Ugandan children by feeding them, sending them to school, and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. As she admits, she isn’t a spiritual superhero. Instead, she is sharing the welcome, safety, belonging, and care that she has received from God.

Our study this month has taught us that home is a gift of grace, which God gives to His people. The Garden of Eden was humanity’s first home and an expression of God’s blessing. He sheltered Adam and Eve, and in that safety they enjoyed obedient communion with Him there. Home was a place for enjoying God’s presence, and when they were cast out because of their rebellion, it caused wrenching grief over the dual loss.

But beginning with the story of Abraham, God has declared His gracious intention to bring His people home. “I will bless you,” He declared on oath. And because of His faithfulness, He continued to take generous initiative toward His people, despite the many episodes of failure in Israel’s history. God completed His promise to make it possible for us to find home in Jesus.

We have a better covenant through God’s Son: His blood, sprinkled as atonement for human sin, saves sinners from the punishment for human wandering. There is no better word than what this blood speaks. Welcome home.

Apply the Word

Reread Psalm 84 today as we conclude this month’s study and pay close attention to verses 5 through 7. Here, God’s people are pictured as traveling through the valley of the shadow of death (“Baca” means weeping), yet they go from strength to strength. They know that their future home is beyond the valley: their faith, like springs of water and puddles of rain, refreshes their hope!

BY Jennifer Michel

Jen Pollock Michel is a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog. Her first book, Teach us to Want: Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith, is published by InterVarsity Press. Jen earned her BA in French from Wheaton College and her MA in Literature from Northwestern University. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and five children, and serves on staff at Grace Toronto Church.

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