By: Tim Sader
The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. (Proverbs 3:33)
In January there were many things for us to do in the coming year the first of which was for us to plan a wedding. When we make plans in life it is best for us to include the Lord because He will establish them. If we will be diligent our plans will prosper. That year the second big thing we hoped to do before April of that year was selling our home in York. About five months sooner we got signed up with the USAA Movers Advantage program that helps military families buy and sell homes more efficiently so they can relocate. When we sold and when we bought a new house we also got a check depending on the buying and selling price of our home. Before listing our house we wanted to be looking for a home and getting a feel for the market. We first talked to Bob Curtis who would be our realtor in Charleston when we were ready to find a new house. At that time it was too soon for us to look so he told us to get our house on the market then we could start looking at potential homes. The holidays is not the time, most people aren’t looking to buy a home so we just put everything on hold until the beginning of the year. Shortly after my trip to Summerville for meeting with our wedding planner mom and I had important business to see to with the selling of our old house in York. We lived there for 21 years so we were established there and we adopted it as our home town. A few days after the trip we had an appointment set up with Mrs. Gainey a RE/MAX agent near us. She came out, took some measurements and some pictures so she could write up a quote that would help us sell quickly and make us some money to pay down on a new place. She gave us a list of things that needed attention before we actually could sell the house but we would work on it while our house was listed. We needed to pressure wash the house and deck, paint front porch, paint the door and weather treat the deck. When the inspector came there was a structural issue with the support beams under the house we also had to fix before we could sell. In the next few months we did all those things while she listed the house for 76,000 dollars. About three months later than we had hoped the home finally sold for 72,260 dollars.
This felt like a big hurdle leaving the place that I called home for the previous 21 years of my life. However difficult this was not going was out of the question because I knew it was time to go and I was trading it in on an opportunity for something so much better. I had no idea where we were going to live when we moved to the Charleston area and if we could make it as comfortably as our previous place. Like Abraham though I was being lead to a new place in my life and it meant leaving what was comfortable to enter into the promise of marriage with my wife. By faith we put our house up for sale like we had done for a year the year before I met Sammy when no one even looked at it. We didn’t know if it would sell or how long it would take but we knew that God was bringing us together and His plans will be established (Heb. 11:8-9). Anytime we leave home, mother, father, sibling or children for the sake of the gospel we will receive 100 times more in this age and the one to come onto eternal life (Mk. 10:29-30). I was leaving home so I could be blessed with a wife and she has been the greatest gift in my life. There is a curse on the house of wicked men but the home of the righteous will be blessed. After meeting Sammy my heart was no longer content in York; Lord knows I needed to walk in the blessings He has given my wife and me. Those of us who heed life-giving correction are at home among the wise (Pr. 15:31). This is why Jesus says, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them (Jn. 14:23). The place we call home makes no difference as long as we will heed the teaching of the Lord because He will abide with us. We will be blessed, wise and righteous when we invite Him to be at home in our house.
Lord I ask that you would help us to be at home among those who walk in your righteousness and for us to do our best to keep all wickedness from entering into our homes. Help us to also heed your instructions on how to do life so that your wisdom will be home to us. When it is time for us to leave what is comfortable to us I ask that we will have the faith to go because we want everything that you have promised to us. We invite you God into our lives and live by your teaching so that we can be a home worthy of your glory. In Jesus name, Amen.
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