11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.

Home. When you hear the word, what comes up for you? Does home conjure up good memories of the warmth of family dinners around a table or does your picture include lonely, cold leftovers? If the saying is true that “Home is where the heart is” then no matter what your circumstances might be, God can cause you to flourish.

If home is where your heart is then it is easy to see how the house of the wicked will be destroyed. Jesus told us that “a house divided against itself will fall.” Luke 11:17. For without God, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jer 17:9 and “the heart of the wicked is of little value.” Prov. 10:20. When your heart is wicked your home is a mess.

On the contrary, if you take the righteous and upright in heart, their home will flourish. “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.” Ez. 11:19. God takes up residence within our hearts as it says in 2 Cor. 1:22 “and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” And when God is in the center of your home, your home works, it functions correctly, it thrives and flourishes.

Now, you might be saying about now, “I grew up in a Christian home and it was far from flourishing” or “I raised my children in a Christian home and it was all I could do to keep my sanity.” Even so, I can tell you by experience, whenever I lived with God at the center, with Him leading my life, His blessings were abundant. I might not have been able to always see them in the moment but looking back, He made our home flourish.

A makeshift tent is a better home than a mansion on a hill when God is at the center. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” John 1:14. The word translated dwelling means tabernacle or tent. Jesus pitches his tent with us! Tonight when you lay your head down, remember that no matter what location you might find yourself, Jesus can make it a home.