“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Our Pilgrimage

(Please read Hebrews 11:13 and 1 Peter 2:11)

August 18

Pilgrims have a special place in American history. We thrill to the story of those courageous folks who came here to escape religious tyranny and brought much that was good with them. And we can feel some special ties with them because we too are pilgrims – people on a journey for religious reasons.

We may not undertake literal, long journeys, but we’re traveling toward a blessed destination where all our cares will be left behind us.

Abraham, though he became rich, probably never built a house. He lived in tents and moved several times. Wherever he and other heroes of the faith were located and however substantial their residences were, they knew they were just passing through and the world would not, could not, be their permanent dwelling place. Abraham was “looking for the city . . . whose architect and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10, NAS). So are we. Our citizenship is in heaven and our names are inscribed there. We should be laying up treasure there, where our Lord is and where our hope is. If that truth penetrates to our hearts, we are fortunate indeed. Then as the years pass, the world and its attractions will fade in importance to us, while the view of our Lord and the attractions of heaven will grow ever clearer and more precious. That vision will affect how we live and how others see us live.

Whether we live in Denver or whatever your city is called, let’s look forward with determination and joy to the home of the soul, where God has prepared for us an eternal city.

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