By Kurt Selles
September 1, 2023
Have you ever traveled far from home?
At some points in our lives, many of us have had opportunities to go on trips, even if just for a day or two. Some of us may also have gone away to school or to find work, and we may have spent a long time away.
Perhaps our time away was planned and gave us a lot of joy. At other times, though, our journeys can be unplanned and stressful. Our travels can be caused by events that prompt us or even force us to go and find a new home. Whatever the case, we need to know that at the end of the road there is a place where we can belong, a place we can call home.
The Christian life is like that. At times we can journey along peacefully, enjoying the blessings of comfort and joy that Christ brings. At other times we can feel stretched and challenged and even uprooted in our spiritual life. Though challenges can help us grow in faith, we need to know that along the way God is always with us.
Thankfully, the God who calls us to have faith in his Son, Jesus Christ, always cares for us, promising never to leave or forsake us. This is the God of grace and forgiveness, who fills us with his Spirit and welcomes us to enjoy life in his presence, giving us a place to call home wherever we may be. This month let’s reflect on these things as we explore some of the Bible’s passages about home.
This month’s author, Joel Vande Werken, has been a pastor since 2007, serving churches in Sussex, New Jersey, and in Whitinsville, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Brandie, have four young children.
As you read the Today devotions this month, may you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God’s Word!
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