What is home suppose to be?
Not just to the individual but to the whole family unit? Often times I think we view it as our escape from reality; our personal paradise. It is a place to go and not have a care in the world – minus a few dirty clothes or dishes. I believe in this mentality 100%. My home is a judgment free zone where I do not have to appear a certain way, fully dress as I walk through the house, or even smile. Its pretty awesome. Something that always occurs though during this time home alone, is a time dedicated to God. Sometimes its easy, other times I really have to struggle to get in the mindset of contemplating or worshipping God. I know its good for me though. I think thats what keeps me sane while living alone; time spent with God.
As a family unit, time at home shouldn’t look much different. Deuteronomy 6:4-9, in context of the passage, is speaking of the laws God as given to the Israelites. The previous chapter has dealt solely with the Law as described in Exodus 20 and the chapters following. In this passage, God brings up an interesting point on what our homes are suppose to look like: a house obsessed with the idea of God.
7″You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your home, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind, them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
God describes a family whose house permeates everything about him. Not only do they talk about God’s laws as they go about their day, but their house has his word written all over it! Our home is a place not only of relaxation and safe haven, but another place in which God is magnified through everything we do.