Whenever we have a first-time visitor to our home, given the chance, we tell them a story. I’ll tell you that story too.
Mary and I were married for twelve years before we owned our own home. To be perfectly honest, while serving in missions, we didn’t think we’d ever own a home and we really weren’t concerned about it.
We had just moved back to our home area after serving in missions for eight years. We left the work that we were doing out of obedience to God to start a new child welfare agency. We rented a small apartment from my in-laws and were quite happy there. In time, we began looking for real estate only to be told by the bank that without any savings and a better paying job, we could not secure a loan. We really frustrated real estate agents because what we thought God had for us was always different from what they were showing us.
Then one morning in my devotional time, God highlighted this verse out of I Chronicles, “I declare to you that the Lord will build a house for you.” That was it. That was all we needed. We began to proclaim and to speak the Lord’s favor; we would have a house and God would be the builder.
One day an older friend of my wife came to visit us. She announced she was selling her farm located just a mile from where our apartment was. She looked directly at us and said these words, “I want you to go out to the farm and see where you would like to build a house.” We were shocked…speechless. Wondering how much this lot would cost us she then said, “It is going to be a tithe of my farm; it’s yours free and clear.” She left and missed seeing Mary and I dancing around our kitchen, shouting loudly in thanksgiving to our Provider.
With the commitment of a very dear friend, he and I built that house from foundation up, nailing every stud, pulling every wire, plumbing and painting. Now almost 32 years ago, we still tell the story. We can’t stop telling the story because it’s the house that God built.
Even when man (or bank) says it can’t be done… Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.