Moving day was rapidly approaching. My wife Sue and I have only moved to a new residence four times in our fifty-seven years of marriage. We have been at our present location for more than forty years. As you can imagine, we had mixed emotions. We felt the excitement of adjusting to new place and the melancholy of leaving behind our familiar and loved home.
Scripture relates many instances of God’s people moving to new surroundings. Certainly, the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt to Canaan immediately comes to mind. In the New Testament, Jesus’s family had to move to Egypt at the beginning of His life and then back to Israel when it was safe to do so.
Believing that scripture can provide needed insight, I turned to God’s word. I always find comfort and assurance in Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path”. The following scriptures provided surety for me:
- Luke 10:5 –When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house’.
- Proverbs 24:3-4 – By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
- Isaiah 32:18 –My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.
We prayed for our new home to be a place of peace. We also asked the Lord to help us not only move in familiar furniture, but to fill the rooms with the precious treasures of the Lord’s presence. We joyfully received His words, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19, NIV). Because of the Lord’s shepherding care, we can approach our transition with the great expectation of seeing the new thing that He is doing.
His Precious Promise for Moving Day: “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest” (Isaiah 32:18).
~ Brother Roy