Abraham was living in Haran when God called him. Aged 75 and without any children, God promised to bless Abraham and make him a great nation. Abraham put his trust in the lord, and because of this the Lord was pleased with him. He left his home and travelled far away when God told him. He believed that he would have a son even though he was in his old age. He was even prepared to give up his precious son if God asked. He had Faith that God would do what he said he would do. Abraham is the ultimate man of faith of the Old Testament. Abraham had no prior experience on which to base his faith, no Bible, no historical books to examine. He just had to trust Gods promises. Faith in God means acting on his commands. Abraham did not just believe in God he started walking, He became a pilgrim to a distant land.
Walking in Faith
Abraham stepped out on faith:
It was by faith that he started,
It was by faith that he travelled,
It was by faith that he rested,
It was by faith that he settled
It was his faith in God who ordered him to leave his home that made him willing to start.
There was not anything along the way that was particularly encouraging. The road was long, tiresome and hard, yet Abraham ploughed on to reach the end of his journey towards what he was promised. As Christians we are also pilgrims who:
Step out on Faith
Not knowing the trials before us
Not knowing the afflictions that await us
Just following where our Lord leads us
Are on a pilgrimage
From the moment you are saved until the end of your earthly life, you are on a pilgrimage. We know we are destined for a better place, A “Promised Land”! We must never give up for our faith is alive! Fight forward – never retreat! It is easier to stay on your feet when discouragement comes than to get off the ground and make a stand. All that we have hoped for will be enjoyed. The promise you have prayed for, the inheritance you have been promised, the hope you have longed to see, we will receive and enjoy our eternal home. No more wandering in a strange land. For we will finally be home.
Paul spoke of the end of the earthly pilgrimage.
“I have done my best in the race, I have run the full distance, and I have kept the faith. And now there is waiting for me the victory prize of being put right with God, which the Lord, the righteous Judge , will give me on that Day – and not only to me, but to all those who wait with love for him to appear”. (2 Timothy 7-8)
One day we will all come to the end of our journey, with all its hardships and sufferings, and walk into eternity. Those of us who have chosen to have Jesus with us on our journey will be escorted into a place where there will be no more tears. A place where there will be rest from our journey and life everlasting.
Eternal God, give us the courage to set off on pilgrimage. May we travel unhindered by worldly possessions simply trusting in you for all that we need. Sometimes our hearts will be heavy as we plod along and our feet will ache and feel dirty. Other times we will rejoice as the sun shines on the path stretching before us. May we ponder the truth, that the pilgrim’s journey is never finished till they reach home. Amen