As we prepare ourselves for yet another journey through the heartland of this country, I cannot help but consider the transitory nature of this life and be grateful for the joy God gives to us in our walk through it. Last Lord’s Day, one of main points of the sermon was how Christians long for home–and how home, in that final, restful sense is something that is not fully attainable in this life. It is very true that we may have peaceful homes and churches filled with the joy of the Lord, but there is still a sense of something amiss because we yet are in a world suffering under sin.
Our walk through this life, as Christians, is a perpetual journey, even for those who do not move physical locations as frequently as some others of us do. I love this line out of one of Steve Green’s songs: “Let this journey be my home.” For this is how it is–even though “here we do not have a lasting city” (Hebrews 13:14) and our life is a journey, we yet have a refuge, a stronghold, a safe place, a home in God. “In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, and his children will have refuge” and “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe” (Proverbs 14:26; 18:10).
Just one way that God is our stronghold is in His giving to us that peaceful joy that is only the result of confidence in Him. This joy is not dependent upon the journey, but rather on the certain hope we have regarding the outcome that anchors our souls. Of course, this hope in neither from nor in ourselves, but in the Christ of God, who alone is sufficient for salvation. He is the one who has gained admittance for us into that rest of God that we long for as for our only true home, “where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us” (Hebrews 6:20); and it is only by the working of the Spirit within us that we are renewed that we might trust the word of our Creator.
I think I’ll just close this little ramble with a reflection on the sureness of our hope from Hebrews 6:17-20: “In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
May we always remember that God is God–for in this we may have joy and peace while we travel through this life.