Thursday, August 9, 2012

Foreigner


I am now getting into the story of Joseph and I just want to look at the first verse of Genesis 37 (please read Genesis 37:1).  Have you ever lived somewhere where you felt like a foreigner?  Maybe you lived or currently live in a different country.  Maybe you just lived in an area that was different from where you grew up so it felt foreign.  I have lived in small towns and sometimes you can feel like a foreigner there if you didn't grow up there.  I know someone who has lived in a small town for over 20 years, and they have mentioned to me that while their children are part of the town, they still feel like they don't quite belong because they didn't grow up there.  It could be perception, or it could be true but sometimes we can feel like a foreigner in our home.

The life of the Patriarchs we have been studying throughout the book of Genesis lays out the fact that they were living in a place that was promised to them, yet they were still foreigners.  We will see throughout the life of Joseph that he also lived as a foreigner.  It reminds me of Hebrews 11:8-10, which says (in NLT), "It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God."  When we feel like foreigners, we can remember that this is not our true home.  Our home is where we have our hope staked in: our home with Jesus.  That is our home!

This post is linked with Thought Provoking Thursday and the Grace Cafe.

3 comments:

  1. You are so right! It explains so much why we feel like we shouldn't be in "this skin" and that there is more to our existence here. :)

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    1. It is something to look forward to and the hope we have in Christ carries us when life is difficult. :)

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  2. Sharon - you are so right. We are on a journey and our earthly dwelling is temporary. We have a great promise awaiting us in our Heavenly Home - our permanent home.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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