VERSE PASSAGE: Zephaniah 3:20 “At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,” says the Lord.” – NIV
Being away from home isn’t always easy. Some people handle separation from home and family different than others. Finding themselves far from familiar surroundings and people isn’t always comforting. I remember when my family decided to move to Tennessee they would be 18 hours or 1,100+ miles away from me. Even though I wasn’t the one moving it felt so much different to stay behind. Three years later me and my wife move to Tennessee and we have to leave family that was in Kansas behind. Even though we were now close to my family it felt different once again. We were in a surrounding that was not familiar. We had spent our whole lives of 20 years in one place. Now we were in a new place. It can be hard to adjust to a new setting. I know it has to be easier when you voluntary move. However that was not the case for the children of God.
The children of God were taken away to exile. However that was coming to an end. They were coming home. Think about the joy that would’ve been on their faces as they got closer and closer to home. A place that held their identity and history. They were finally going to be home.
Now a modern aspect to this is all the refugees and other people who are ripped from their homelands because of war and genocide. They have to relocate and all their history is gone. Art, languages, traditions of tribes, ways of life all gone. They may only know where they came from by what ever memories they have left. They might not ever be able to return back to their homeland.
Now a spiritual aspect to this is can you imagine how it’s going to be for us to go home to Heaven? Think about it for a minute. Perfect bodies, perfect minds, no war, total peace, no hinges and strife but abundance. Better than that is being able to walk side by side with Jesus. Being able to come to the actual throne room of God and be in His Holy presence. That is some homecoming you don’t want to miss.
We may have a physical home here, some may voluntarily chose a new home, others may have to find a new home due to circumstances outside of their control, but all this is temporary. Our one true home is in Heaven. Our final destination and where our history and identity can be found. Who we are as people is there. It is the perfect home.
God bless you my brothers and sisters in Christ.
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