Our Christian pilgrimage is often likened to a journey. You remember John Bunyan’s great “Pilgrim’s Progress” – Christian’s journey from the city of destruction to the celestial city, and Israel’s journey through the wilderness to the promised land. You also remember that this journey is fraught with difficulty and danger. Where can we find the strength to successfully complete our journey? Today’s devotional answers that question beautifully. Take time to meditate on it. You will be encouraged. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Hebrews 11:13-16 (ESV)
13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
CAPTAIN OF ISRAEL’S HOST
“Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide
Of all who seek the land above,
Beneath Thy shadow we abide,
The cloud of Thy protecting love;
Our strength, Thy grace, our rule, Thy Word;
Our end, the glory of the Lord.
By Thine unerring Spirit led,
We shall not in the desert stray
We shall not full direction need
Nor miss our providential way;
As far from danger as from fear,
While Love, almighty Love, is near.
We’ve no abiding city here,
but seek a city out of sight;
thither our steady course we steer,
aspiring to the plains of light;
Jerusalem the saints’ abode,
whose founder is the living God.”