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Listen while you read: "Ye Gates Lift Up Your Heads"1 (Lyrics)

Who doesn't know these three priorities in real estate: Location! Location! Location! That's it. Nothing matters more. It's true for spiritual real estate also. I'm referring to God and His kingdom reign. That's a genuine, specific location. It can be located anywhere, for God is everywhere.

Jacob discovered that truth one night while fleeing from a vengeful brother. In fleeing, he abandoned all familiarities, including homeland, family, and religion. Far away, in a God-forsaken wilderness, a stone sufficed for a pillow. Yet that night, God surprised this fugitive through an amazing dream.

Genesis 28:16 – When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it." (NIV)

Like Jacob, we might find ourselves in a location which seems far from God. It might not be a literal neighbourhood, but a workplace, school, family, or church. It may feel like a seedy, rundown neighbourhood, beset with conflict and sin where no one seems to seek God. Our predicament may or may not be the result of bad personal choices. Regardless, we're distressed, beset with self-destructive emotions like worry, guilt, blame, and anger. Bitterness may creep in, and we just want out. For surely — we reason — God has forsaken this place.

Not so! Take heart, for like Jacob in his wilderness experience, we can declare, "Surely, the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it." God is well aware of our deepest thoughts and feelings. When our night is black and lonely, somehow, He affirms His presence — as He did for Jacob.

Jacob dreamed of "a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it." (v. 12) From the top of this stairway, God assured Jacob of His covenant promise, adding, "I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go." (v. 15)

Truly, all who are in Christ can be assured of the same promise, for "God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus." (Ephesians 2:6 NIV)

This is our new spiritual location! It's God's gift through salvation! Here, Christ is our solid rock. That's prime real estate! Hallelujah!

Naturally, we prefer living in pleasant neighbourhoods. Yet such ideals are like shifting sands, unstable in the storms. Furthermore, God has often placed His children in bad real estate locations infested with spiritual darkness. Such pits of hell are the very neighbourhoods where God shines His light through His servants, so that sinners may encounter the God of love and joyfully proclaim, "Surely God is in this place!"

Perhaps you feel stuck in such a pit of hell. It may be just where God wants you — to build your faith and endurance, and to bless someone … somehow. Let God have His way with you — and keep praying:

Prayer: Lord, here in my troubling location, lift my eyes heavenward that I may be re-affirmed of Your presence — the best spiritual location ever. Amen.

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Diane Eaton <d.eaton@bmts.com>
Paisley, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great words of encouragement, Diane.


    Thank you, Diane, for another wonderful devotion.


    Prime real estate indeed. Thanks Diane and God bless!


    Thank you for a wonderful thought-provoking devotional.


    What an awesome picture. Thank you, Diane, for your description of our future destination/ location.


    Loved your story this morning: Location, Location, Location.
    Great real estate imagery.


    Hello Diane,
    Another very meaningful devotional. Right on when you say our best “spiritual” location is with the Lord.
    Blessings for your writings.


    Thank you for this encouraging email. I look forward to the daily devotionals.
    May God bless you and your family during these trying times.
    Blessings.


    Diane,
    How wonderful that God is with us in every location and through every situation. What joy to have his presence, strength, and care, no matter what. Indeed, His purpose reigns. Thanks for writing.


    Good morning Diane
    This was very encouraging and so needed to be out there for people to read and soak it all in. Sometimes we wonder if we are where we are supposed to be, but God knows. I invite family or friends to something going on at the church I attend and only a couple have ever attended. One relative came one Christmas, said on the way home, that was the good and other leaders really needs to get up with it, change! The other didn’t say much. Praying for sure. God didn’t give up on me, so I know He won’t give up on them.
    Thank you again, I needed that shot of encouragement!!


    Dear Diane,
    Thank you for writing today’s talk.
    It is very encouraging to all of us in these very difficult times.
    May God be with you and bless you and your family.

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