Day 199: Equity (July 18)

I have had a lot of real estate terms on my mind lately, as we have our PA home on the market.  I think about equity frequently.  One day as I was praying, God spoke to me, “Lisa, you have a lot of equity in Me.”

Then I saw countless times that I have spent worshiping and loving on the Father.  I saw all the hours I have spent in the quiet place.  I saw the ministry I have done.  All the obedience.  All the sacrifice to follow Him.  Can you believe it matters to Him?  It’s actually hard for me to fathom.  Most of the time I just assume it’s part of what’s supposed to be done, not really something to be celebrated or rewarded over.  But He’s God and I’m not, so if He calls it equity, then who am I to argue?

There are a few definitions for the word equity.  We all know one which applies to real estate.  It’s the value of a mortgaged property after deduction of charges against it.  But equity also has another meaning that I was unaware of and it is, the quality of being fair and impartial “equity of treatment”.

That sounds like a description of God, doesn’t it?  The quality of being fair and impartial.  The synonyms are: fairness, justness, impartiality, objective, balance….

Wow, it really describes Him.

I’ve said it before, and I’m saying it again.  When you hear God speak a word to you, don’t try to qualify it.  Instead, trust Him and then go search out the definition and let Him speak to you through it.

God is just and impartial and fair and balanced.  Likewise, when you spend time building a relationship with the Father, you are inevitably going to be rewarded, like equity on your mortgage.  It’s really impossible not to, because nearness to Him is a reward.  Dwelling in His presence will leave a residue of Him on you and you will carry that into the world.  It will likely result in favor over your life because you walk closely with the Favored One.  Much like if you spent time with a celebrity.  When people saw you with that person, they would treat you better as well.  And if they saw you together frequently enough, later when they saw you alone, you would still be treated better because of association.

Well, why wouldn’t it be the same with the Father?

May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us- yes, establish the work of our hands.  Psalm 90:17

The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.  You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.               Isaiah 58:11

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”  Psalm 91:1

You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.  Psalm 32:7