“and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” Hebrews 11:13
The Greek word for “stranger” means a people out of their own country; or foreigners. A “pilgrim” is one who is not a permanent dweller; not naturalized.
This scripture refers to people of faith who did not have an illusion that this earth was their permanent dwelling place. They like Abraham, lived to accomplish God’s purpose on earth and with the hope of ultimately living in an eternal city whose builder and maker is God. We need to be reminded from time to time that this world is not our home. We are just pilgrims and strangers on this earth.
So, how do we get through this life without getting overwhelmed with the cares of this world, or without becoming fearful and anxious over concerns of what lies ahead for us? The truth is, the world in which we live is far from perfect and very difficult at times to stay positive and hopeful. Our faith and the values of this world are on a constant collision course. God knows all about our disappointments and frustrations and He understands our fears and knows our weaknesses.
But He has promised that He will always be with us through our journey. (Hebrews 13:5) His purpose for your life is never to be diminished by negative beliefs or circumstances. Maybe your dreams or goals have seemed out of reach and you have become impatient and discouraged. You will accomplish what God intends for you if you will stay the course by trusting God and remaining faithful to Him always. The Hebrew word for faith includes faithful.
Jesus is our example of faithful endurance. Our endurance in the Christian life will depend on our “keeping our eyes on Jesus.” He is the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Hebrews 12:1, 2. Stay faithful to the task that you have been given in this world as you wait for Christ’s return – and remember that “this world is not our home!”
- Pastor Virgil Amundson