Verse of the Day

"For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come."

~Hebrews 13:14

Today's Devotional Thought

August 19, 2013 by Rachel Piferi


Not Our Home

A friend of mine sent me a song once that just touched her heart. And every time that I hear the song on the radio, I think of her. This morning, I thought of one of the verses of that song as I reflected on the many people in my life right now who are hurting.

Sickness. Loss. Decisions. Life change. Infidelity. Depression. Pain.

It seems everywhere I look right now, someone is hurting. And as I thought of this song this morning, I paused on the lyrics of it that make the point that our trials and sufferings could be blessings in disguise because they remind us of our true Savior and that this world is not our home. One of the verses is:

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
It's not our home

As I reflected on this song, I was overwhelmed with how true this is. I know in my life, many of my trials and hardships have truly been blessings in that they brought me closer to the Lord. I know that the events themselves were bad and there are things in this world that feel like they are going to nearly kill us. But they don't. And each and every time, if I let them, those situations that I think will kill me actually draw me closer to the Lord.

And that is a blessing that sometimes just doesn't come in the good times.

When I think about this concept, I can't help but think about the Israelites and how they got complacent about the Lord every time things got good. And, isn't that true about us too? For some reason, when things are good, we tend to rely less on the Lord and we begin to drift away from him and into the world more. Until, of course, something rocks our world and brings us back to the realization that we can't do life on our own (no matter how many times we try).

Life is full of trials and hardships. And through the pain associated with them, we are reminded that there truly is no hope this world. Our hope is only found through Jesus Christ and the realization that he is with us as we endure this earth and will welcome us home someday to live with him in perfect peace. Let the pain of trials remind you to not put your hope in this world and to rely on the only true Savior.

Friends, the good news today is that this world is not our home. The pain, the loss, the anguish of this world will be over when we reach our true home. And that brings me such joy and strength to endure this life.

Memorize this verse today:

"For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come."
~Hebrews 13:14

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