Do you ever feel like a visitor in your own life? Do you feel like everyone around you knows what to say, what to do and where to go—like they have all the inside info it takes to succeed at life—while you struggle to find your way?
I think everyone feels this way at some point or another.
Add to that the fact that we are strangers and wanderers here on this earth, and it makes perfect sense that sometimes you feel like the odd one out.
But let me tell you one thing you need to remember when you feel this way:
God has promised to bring you home.
Think about the Israelites for a minute. They were exiled in Babylon. For years, they were not only strangers and wanderers, they were persecuted and sidelined. I can only imagine they felt forgotten.
Everyone around them had it better than they did.
The Babylonians had all the good opportunities, all the money, all the power. Meanwhile the Israelites must have wondered where God was in all of this.
And yet God promised to give their nation back.
And He did! He didn’t do it right away. They suffered for a period of time first. But no matter how forgotten they may have felt, it didn’t change the promise God made.
He would be back to rescue them.
God wants you to know that a day is coming when He will set up His Kingdom here on earth and we will rule and reign with Him.
All things will be set right. Everything will be new again. Whatever pain you have will disappear. Your body and mind will be restored. God’s perfect will is going to be done.
Revelation 21:1-5 (NIV) Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth, ”for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.
This is incredible news.
No matter what you are going through right now—whether you’re dealing with grief over a lost loved one, chronic pain, digestive issues, back pain, broken relationships, or even maybe financial problems—God promises to bring you home.
No matter how lost you feel, take heart. He will lead you to the Promised Land.
A day is coming where there will be no more crying, no more mourning, no more death, no more pain and suffering. The old order of things will pass away and God will rule with an iron scepter.
He will make his dwelling among us.
I hope you can find encouragement and hope in that today.