Day: December 7, 2011

“I’m A Stranger Here”

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” 1 Peter 2:11

A stranger does not feel at home where he is, and neither does a Christian in this world. He is not a citizen of earth trying to get to heaven but a citizen of heaven sojourning on earth. This world is “his passage, not his portion.”

We of the Heavenly Commonwealth do not feel at home here, we just “don’t belong.” We speak another language. When the cocktails are offered we refuse and when the dirty jokes are told we do not join the laughter, not because of a Pharasaic self-righteousness but simply because we are “strangers.” It is not always comfortable to be a “foreigner.” And they will think it strange if we don’t “make ourselves at home” (I Pt. 4:4), especially if we once took part with them.

The world will do its utmost to make us “one of the crowd.” Nothing is more insidious than the hospitality of this age. But, while we need not be discourteous, we must not be deceived.

by Vance Havner

“My Rainbow in the Cloud”

Oswald Chambers 90x115by Oswald Chambers

I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth —Genesis 9:13

It is the will of God that human beings should get into a right-standing relationship with Him, and His covenants are designed for this purpose. Why doesn’t God save me? He has accomplished and provided for my salvation, but I have not yet entered into a relationship with Him. Why doesn’t God do everything we ask? He has done it. The point is— will I step into that covenant relationship? All the great blessings of God are finished and complete, but they are not mine until I enter into a relationship with Him on the basis of His covenant.