Strangers in a Strange Land

21 Then Moses was content to live with the man, and he gave Zipporah his daughter to Moses. 22 And she bore him a son. He called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a stranger in a foreign land.” (Exodus 2:21-22)

How appropriate that Moses would name his son Gershom which is translated “Stranger There”. For we who are called in Christ are indeed strangers in a foreign land. For all the practices of this world are foreign to us. Just as Moses was called out of Egypt we are also called out of the ways of men.

If we have been baptized in the Lord we are baptized into His kingdom and His ways. And that brings me to a short discussion on this years election cycle in the United States. There is no doubt that the news on both candidates isn’t very good. Neither one appears to very appealing if we are focused upon being holy in the Lord.

I recall how dismayed I was along with many other believers when the current president was elected. For we all saw darkness coming upon the land. And our fears were for nought. Darkness indeed has fallen upon the land. Well, I should say it became darker, because darkness has been in this world since Adam and Eve sinned against God by eating of the fruit they were told not to eat.

I’m sure you along with I are very concerned about who will be crowned as president of this country. But this post is not about wallowing in fear. For the Lord is reminding me that He is sovereign. His plan of redemption will not be derailed by the enemy. He will still bring His faithful people home. Praise Jesus!

We remember Psalm 104 and Psalm 97 which speak of His sovereignty.
But let us also remember what the Lord did as shown in the Gospels:

22 Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. 23 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”

Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?”(Luke 8:22-25)

So then let us remain faithful in the storm, knowing the Lord is sovereign even in this season. He is ready to further cleanse His Bride to prepare her for the Day of Redemption. The Day of the Lord.

Blow the trumpet in Zion,
And sound an alarm in My holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble;
For the day of the Lord is coming,
For it is at hand:
A day of darkness and gloominess,
A day of clouds and thick darkness,
Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains.
A people come, great and strong,
The like of whom has never been;
Nor will there ever be any such after them,
Even for many successive generations.

A fire devours before them,
And behind them a flame burns;
The land is like the Garden of Eden before them,
And behind them a desolate wilderness;
Surely nothing shall escape them.
Their appearance is like the appearance of horses;
And like swift steeds, so they run.
With a noise like chariots
Over mountaintops they leap,
Like the noise of a flaming fire that devours the stubble,
Like a strong people set in battle array.

Before them the people writhe in pain;
All faces are drained of color.[a]
They run like mighty men,
They climb the wall like men of war;
Every one marches in formation,
And they do not break ranks.
They do not push one another;
Every one marches in his own column.[b]
Though they lunge between the weapons,
They are not cut down.[c]
They run to and fro in the city,
They run on the wall;
They climb into the houses,
They enter at the windows like a thief.

10 The earth quakes before them,
The heavens tremble;
The sun and moon grow dark,
And the stars diminish their brightness.
11 The Lord gives voice before His army,
For His camp is very great;
For strong is the One who executes His word.
For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible;
Who can endure it? (Joel 2:1-11)

 

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One Response to Strangers in a Strange Land

  1. Scarlett says:

    Amen dear brother. We all say we have faith, but can we truly say we have all the faith we will need for the days ahead? Or, is it rather that most of us could use more? As for me, I see the need of building my faith up to withstand whatever storm, or storms lay ahead, because truly, I believe the days are indeed going to be very dark and trying. It’s obvious to those of us who put our confidence, not in the world but in Christ Jesus.
    Lord bless you for this word of warning and admonition.

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