The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the just. (Proverbs 3:33)
Two Kinds Of Homes
It is a rather terse view of the home, but the Lord describes two kinds of homes. There is a home where the wicked reside and a home of the just. The Lord does not suggest a home is wicked when it is filled with all types of carnalities, immorality, and debauchery. While these are included in the meaning of a wicked home, any home that does not serve the righteousness of God is a wicked home. A wicked home does not qualify its existence by following the will of the Father. There is often a misapplication of the term “wicked” to mean a horrible sin of some kind. But the idea of a house where wickedness abides is a home filled with materialism or avarice. The contrast is a home that is filled with a righteousness from God.
The curse of the Lord is against the home where God is not the central theme, the first principles of righteousness are not followed, or the commandments of the Lord are kept. A home can be religious and be wicked. Jesus said in the sermon on the mount that faithfulness is doing the will of the Father. Many will claim they are religious, but Jesus will disavow them if they do not obey the word of the Father. A wicked home does not abide in the word of God. They do not serve God as the Creator and deny the rule of Christ in their lives. The writer of the proverb is very blunt in his analysis of the only two kinds of homes God recognizes.
A spirit of renewal brings to light the need to restore the home as God designed. Adam and Eve were put in the Garden of Eden as a blueprint of the home. A man and a woman define a family, and that marriage is to be for life. Any deviation from this pattern is a wicked home. If children are born into the family, more blessings are given when taught to love the Lord God with all their hearts, souls, minds, and bodies. Homes, where children are not taught about God are wicked homes. There is a need for renewal to return the home to the place it was intended – a haven of God-loving people who serve the will of the Father, who know the word of God and have a love for the heavenly Father.
There are so many things that attack the home. A wicked home can be a good home with good people but the home has no interest in serving God. The Holy Spirit distinguishes between two homes where the world rules the wicked home and God rules the just home. Every home has an altar and the kind of altar in the home will either be the worship of self or the worship of the Lord. God blesses the home of the just. This home is seeking the righteousness of the Lord in everything they do. There is a strong desire to pattern the home after the will of the Father. Husbands love their wives as Christ loves the Church. Wives submit to their husbands as the church submits to its head – Christ. Children obey their parents in the Lord because the way of the Lord leads them in truth.
Worship is a central part of the home. First, worship begins with studying God’s word in the home. The Bible is not a dust collector but a soul possessor. Husbands and wives seek the will of God to know how to love one another. The home is guided by parents who love the word of God. Every decision is tempered with what does God desires. Prayer is the central incense of worship in the home. Husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters know how to pray because the home is filled with prayer. Worship in the home is highlighted when the family assembles with the saints. Children should never have to wonder where they will be when the church is meeting. The just home is where assembling with the saints to worship is common practice. Wicked homes spend more time in the world than doing the will of the Father.
The Lord will bless the home of the just. Renewing the spirit is rekindling a love for God in the home. There are many things the world will bring against the family. When a home is built on the rock of Jesus Christ, nothing will be able to shake the foundations of a godly and just home. God’s blessings will ensure the safety of all those who rest entirely on the hope of eternal life. There are two kinds of homes: wicked and just. You live in one of those homes. Is God blessing you?