"...and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!"

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Has Your House Been Cleaned Lately?

Children hate to hear their mothers say, “It’s time to clean house!” This means that the toys must be put up, beds made, food put in the fridge, carpets vacuumed, and all the furniture and desks must be dusted. But this “cleaning period” is a double-edged sword. It also means that company is on the way!

Long ago, Hezekiah king of Judah had visitors from Babylon. Hezekiah was eager to give them a tour of his palace. He arrogantly showed them his silver, gold, spices, fine oil, armory, and his other treasures.

Later, the great prophet Isaiah asked Hezekiah, “What did these men see in your palace?” Hezekiah proudly replied, “There is nothing among my treasures I did not show them.” Isaiah then prophesied, “Hear the word of the Lord: The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your fathers have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord” (2 Kings 20:17). This prophecy predicted the “Babylonian Captivity” that Judah would soon experience. Hezekiah’s grand tour of his palace proved to be his undoing!

Now that’s ancient history, but we aren’t always proud to give a tour of our homes. At least we aren’t eager to give a tour if we haven’t cleaned first! In fact, we might be ashamed of the things we don’t want our company to see. Whenever we have people into our homes, do we clean more than just the daily dusting? What drinks do we “hide” in our refrigerators? What magazines do we desperately “sweep” off our coffee tables? What secret possessions do we “bury” among our clothes? What questionable items do we hastily “push” under our beds? Like Hezekiah, showing everything in our homes might be our undoing!

The Lord sees all! We may be able to “clean house” before our guests arrive, but we will never be able to hide our secrets and baggage from our omnipotent Father!

Let’s resolve that there will be nothing in our homes that we aren’t willing to show!