Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. ( I Peter 2:11)
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.( Hebrews 11:8-10)
No matter what happens in the Political realm, I offer this short piece in order to remind my precious brothers and sisters in Messiah, that we are all called to be Pilgrims. We are only passing through, and will find no lasting home in this world, for we are being fitted and prepared for the next one.
All of us have heard Jesus’ voice which has called us up to somewhere and something so much higher and purer than anything this World has to offer. The Apostle encourages us,
“The sufferings of this present time, are not worthy to be compared to the Glory which shall be revealed…” (Romans 8:17)
We don’t know what will happen in the next few days. Obviously I have personal preferences, I don’t want to be ruled by the Left, with it’s anti Life platform, but it might please God to allow this to happen, and should it happen, we should rejoice, knowing our pilgrimage is daring to a close.
It could also be that the so called “right” could prevail, and that it could become just as despotic as the so called left would like to be. Who knows? A Pilgrim cannot rely on anything in this fallen world, except the inevitability of human ndepravity and hostility to God, and his people.
Only God knows. We just have to set our sights on the LORD and his heaven.
I was told this morning that the “Lockdown” imposed upon the UK is so severe, church meetings are now forbidden. I know a good many precious and faithfilled believers there who will not bow down to such an unjust edict. I assure you all we are praying for you.It just might Please God to call upon us to offer various degrees of sacrifice, for the cause of Truth.
Remember, We are Pilgrims, sojourners, and exiles. Our true home is in heaven.
We come from a long line of others who heard the heavenly call, and who left all to follow the one who had no place in this earth to lay his head.
We have no desire for things to get worse, nor to suffer, for we are not “super christians”, (there is no such creature) we are merely redeemed men and women, who love Jesus. I don’t want to suffer, but there is something I dread more… I don’t want to deny my LORD when it is our turn to stand up and be counted with Him and with our brother Pilgrims throughout the World and over the centuries.
I am often comforted by a story Corrie Ten Boom told us, in her book “The Hiding Place”. She was raised in a devoutly Christian family, and her father, Kaspar, was a rock of faith.Kaspar had read the Foxe’s Book Of Martyrs to Corrie and her sisters , as little girls, and the thought of martyrdom disturbed her.
She confided in her father that she was afraid of death and was quite sure she did not have the strength to be a martyr. Corrie’s father reminded her of the train ride to Amsterdam. “”When you take a train trip to Amsterdam, when do I give you the money for the ticket? Three weeks before?”
“No, Daddy, you give me the money for the ticket just before we get on the train.”
“That is right,” her father said, “and so it is with God’s strength. Our Father in Heaven knows when you will need the strength . . . He will supply all you need just in time.”
Our God is good. He knows what is going on and He cares. A bird cannot fall out of a tree without his loving notice, and you and I are worth more than many birds. I hope this song will minister to you as it does me;
Happy Day of Rest! Jesus loves you…