The fourth and final part of the story.
If you missed the other parts, I encourage you to read them so you can get a full picture of what has been happening. Here they are: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
In the last part of the story I mentioned that Travis pursued several financing options for our new home. Let me be more specific. Travis pursued many financing options! It felt like he was getting to know every lender in town. My hubby was working hard. He used most of his off days for meeting after meeting after meeting. Each meeting seeming promising in some way, but ultimately not producing anything. He was tired.
In the middle of it all, we had a lot of questions. Would we even get the house? Travis felt God challenging him with an even bigger question : “Do you believe I could just give you this house for free?” One night, we decided to take all of our questions and lay them at the feet of Jesus. We knelt together and prayed.
As we prayed, one question was racing through my head.
“Lord, are you generous?”
And of course I knew He was. But what about materially? Does He give to His people? Does He provide? And of course I knew that He does– He’s been providing for us all along the way.
But what about situations like this? Does He give beyond what is necessary? Does He give material things just to bless His people?
And so I asked Him to show me in His word. Examples flooded my mind.
- I thought of Job. His wealth was given to Him by the Lord and after it was taken away, the Lord restored it to Him.
- Solomon was given wisdom from the Lord which led him to extreme wealth.
- God gave the Israelite nation a land flowing with milk and honey- just gave it to them.
- Jesus is going to prepare a place for us that does not just meet our minimal needs. It is lavish. The streets are paved with gold!
As we were praying, the examples started to change. God started showing us His generosity in ways that exceed material blessings.
- Jesus healed the sick.
- He made the lame walk, the deaf hear, the blind see.
- God gave children to the barren.
- God freed the Israelites in CRAZY miraculous ways.
- God fought battles for His people- like actually defeated armies on their behalf.
God’s miracles lavishly show His generosity. It shows how the Lord gives to His people. He gives in ways that they don’t deserve. He gives despite disobedience, despite the inability of His people to love and respond to God in a way that would make them worthy the gifts that He gives.
But there is more…
As we were praying it hit us in such a crystal clear way. In a deeper way than we had ever known it before.
Jesus is the Greatest Gift .
All of God’s generosity wrapped up in a man- God in the flesh. The Son of God. The baby born into the world to restore our fellowship with God and give us riches untold. RICHES UNTOLD. Truly, everything we need and sooo much more is found in Him. How can I express this to you?
I can’t begin to express the fullness of this profound truth to you. It’s impossible.
The truth itself expresses such a grand impossibility. And if He is able to do the impossible through His son, a house is nothing for Him. Why do we have a hard time believing that God can perform miracles if He gave us His Spirit? Why do we have a hard time believing God can- and might even be willing to- give us material gifts if He gave us every spiritual blessing in Christ?
And so we sat back- astounded at the beauty of the revelation imparted to us. And we resolved. We resolved that no matter what happened with the house, we would be satisfied. We would stand on this truth:
Jesus is our home.
So there we stood. Deep satisfaction in our hearts, knowing that no matter the outcome, we would have all that we needed and more… because Jesus is our home.
We continued on. Step by step, pursuing the house to the best of our ability, until the day we found out…
we didn’t get the house.
That’s right, the program that everyone thought we would qualify for didn’t work out. All of our options were no longer options, and they felt we wouldn’t be able to get financed, so they accepted another offer.
Were we disappointed? Yes, of course. Do we believe God wanted us to have that house. Yeah, we do. But we believe God will work it out for our good, and we are trusting Him to provide for us in whatever way He sees fit.
But none of those things are what is important in this story. Travis and I are completely satisfied. Why?
Because the revelation of the value and beauty of Jesus Christ as the greatest gift and our permanent home is infinitely more valuable than the house.
This is why I told you our story. This is why I write to you with such a profound urging in my spirit.
JESUS. JESUS IS THE GREATEST GIFT.
Do you know that? Do you actually believe that? Can you offer up to Him every earthly possession you have and say: “Lord YOU are enough for me! I will have joy. I will have peace. I will have hope because I ABIDE. IN. YOU.”
Oh how I pray with such fervency in my soul that you would grasp this. I pray that you would understand God’s generosity toward us. I pray that you would know the love of God. That you would be able to comprehend the height and depth and breadth of God’s generous generous love toward you.
Do you know Jesus?
I’ve only touched the surface of who He is and why I can be satisfied if God never gives me another good thing in my life. If you don’t know Him- please- I urge you to talk to me about Him. I urge you to talk to someone who knows Him. I urge you to ask Him to reveal Himself to you.
Please, I invite comments. I invite questions. I invite you to wrestle with the things I have told you. Wrestle with what you believe about God.
And as I close out this story I must tell you of one final and precious detail. Yesterday I was out shopping with the kids, and when we returned, we pulled up and parked in front of the house. From the backseat, this is what I heard my daughter say:
“Jesus is our home!”