Nearly twenty years ago, my wife and I purchased our first home together. It was and still is a lovely home. The realtor was anxious to make the sale and wanted us to commit to the down payment by 10 AM the next morning because there were two other buyers who had a similar level of interest. However, that next morning was a Sunday morning and we did not want to miss church. My wife and I knew what we had to do. We both sat down and prayed about the matter.
“Father God, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to purchase this house. We know there are pressures for us to meet with the real estate agent, but we want to worship you. We know what is the right thing to do. Please bless our decision.”
We called the agent and told her that we we are Christians and church is where we needed to be. We want to worship God, we informed her, and we would not be able to meet by 10AM the next morning. We also told her that we understood if this meant we could lose the home but we will honor God first.
“Oh my,” replied the agent. “You know, I should be attending church as well. Listen, don’t worry, the other buyers just notified me that they were not able to come tomorrow morning. So if you are able to come here by noon, I will make sure the paperwork is ready for both of you.”
It has been 17 years since we purchased the house and God has blessed it and made it a home. We began the process correctly, the way all decisions should be made, by dedicating it to God and honoring Him first.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)
It is easy to get caught up in the world’s pace and make decisions based upon the time schedules and demands of others. Every decision we make should be dedicated to God and made on God’s schedule, not our own. In the end, His purpose will stand and He promises to bless us if we are faithful to Him and trust in His leading.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.