BEEN A STRANGER!
“I have been a stranger in a foreign land” (Exodus 2:22).
The saints of both the Old and New Testaments crossed as strangers during their life in the world. They very well knew that the world did not belong to them. Peter the Apostle begins his epistle with the words “To the pilgrims of ……. elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father” (I Peter 1:1, 2).
When God took the children of Israel from Egypt to Canaan, He took them through a wilderness. Neither Egypt nor the wilderness belonged to them. The land of Canaan where milk and honey flew, alone was their land of inheritance. But in order to inherit Canaan they were forced to cross the wilderness.
A Tamil poet of the ancient times had said that a man begins his journey from the womb of his mother, moves into the world and then reaches eternity. The womb of the mother is not a permanent one and the life in it stays as a stranger there.
From the womb of the mother, the man comes out to the world which also is not permanent for him. Childhood and youth pass over as an illusion. From there he has to travel to eternity which alone is permanent.
Jesus said, “I have given them your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” (John 17:14). The witness of Christ is that "for the ruler of this world is coming and he has nothing in me."
A pastor was on his death bed and in the last minute of his life, he pointed his finger towards the roof of his home and told his co-minister, "See, how worse the roof is. This is not my home. This can never be compared to the home towards which I am proceeding now. Instead of this home, a decorative palace has been arranged for me. I have to go there. The Church bell rings. I am entering into the presence of God." Saying these words he finally closed his eyes.
Dear children of God, what is the purpose of your life? Is your life travels towards the target? You are the travellers to heaven. Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). Do not fix your eyes on this world but rush towards the Eternal Kingdom.
“By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:9, 10).
To meditate:- “For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come” (Hebrews 13:14).