For the past few days, I have had a group of scriptures on my mind. I have meditated on them several times a day.
I believe God is showing me the relevance of these scriptures to the season we are in.
Most of us are quarantined at home. We only go out for necessities. A great part of our life has been emptied out, so to speak.
We are not going out to eat at restaurants. Our kids aren’t in school. We do not go shopping for anything other than groceries. We are not going to sporting events. We don’t spend Friday night with dinner and movies. We are not spending our weekends hanging out with friends. Most of our time is spent at home.
A pastor friend shared with me his thoughts on this recently. He said, “God is using this time to motivate the body of Christ to FOCUS ON THE FAMILY! To become one with each other AT HOME. To allow God to do A NEW THING in our hearts and in our homes. THEN, when we return to church, the body of Christ will be more equipped to do battle with the powers of darkness!”
I do believe we are focusing on the family more than before. But what happens when life returns to more of a normal flow? Will we go back to spending all our time at the office? Will we busy ourselves with sporting events, movies and dinners out? Or will we cherish this time we have together right now and want life to be more like this?
Those are the thoughts on my mind as this scripture comes to mind.
When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So, shall it also be with this wicked generation. Matthew 12:43-45
While I realize Jesus is talking about casting out demons, I want to share my thoughts concerning this in another way.
Right now, our houses/ home life has been cleaned of many things. Not only are people removing the normal clutter from their homes. They have had all clutter removed from their life. The clutter of things that were keeping them away from their family. The clutter of those things that came between them and time spent with family. In essence, our homes have been emptied of those things, swept clean, and put in order. But what happens after?
Will those same things, from before, come and dominate our time? Or will we make room for the important things? Our spouse. Our kids. Our family. Our life.
The key to this scripture is that something must take the place of the parts that have been emptied out. What will that something be?
For me, it has been more time with God. More time with family. More quiet time. I have not left those places empty – I have been diligent to fill them daily with good things.
In this season, it is important we fill those places, now empty, with good things. Not with fear and anxiety. Not with evil foreboding. Not with worldly distractions. No! With love. With family. With the word of the living God. With His presence.
You see, when we properly fill those places, the enemy will have no place to come back to. He will not be able to draw you back into a life void of family and peace. He will not be able to constantly keep you distracted with work. He will no longer be able to dominate your time.
In every season there are things to learn. This is one thing I am learning. Fill the empty spaces with good things…with GOD things. And life will never have to go back to normal, it will forever be far above normal. It will be the zoe life God always meant for you to have. God first. Then family. Everything else will fall into place.
Now that our lives have been swept clean and our homes put back in order, with our focus on God and family…let’s keep it that way. Let’s stay filled with God and love for our family.
Meditate on this:
Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5:8