Live in temporary shelters for seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in such shelters so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in temporary shelters when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 23:42-43
People who move across country will often stay in temporary housing until they can find a permanent home. Others live in temporary housing when they lose their jobs or homes due to difficult circumstances.
Very few will choose to live in a temporary housing outside of a dire need for it. In the eyes of many it is a sign that one is destitute.
God told the Israelites that once a year the people were to live in temporary houses for a time as a remembrance that is where they lived when they were brought out of Egypt.
It is very common for most people to believe that where they are living is a permanent home for them. Most people do not desire to move anytime soon, unless they are planning to purchase a larger home or change jobs soon.
Temporary housing has challenges, new address, new location, unknown changes and more.
Outside of physical housing, the majority of people believe that this earth is all there is, it is their permanent home and that there is nothing more. Believers are to have a different perspective on their home on this planet.
Earth is just a temporary home for the believer until he can step into eternity with God. The believer’s permanent home will be in heaven.
Knowing this, the believer can hold onto things loosely, knowing that something better is coming some day. Everything on this earth, including the home, will pass away, but the home in heaven will never go away.
No matter where you live or what your future plans are on this earth, it is a temporary living space. Do not allow yourself to get wrapped up in the physical things of this earth that will pass away.
Focus your life on the eternal things of God. Your permanent home will be far greater than anything this world can offer.
You cannot bring the things of this world to heaven with you, but you can bring people with you. Point people to Jesus so that they can also have a permanent home in heaven some day with you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hold loosely the temporary things of this world; that you will live with eternity with God in mind; and that the return of Jesus to bring you home will be a source of strength and encouragement to live for God.