(James Smith, “Daily Bible Readings for the Lord’s Household”)
“I am a stranger and sojourner!” Psalm 39:12
This world is not our rest.
Here we have no continuing city.
We are intended for another state.
Our journey lies through the world—but our home is beyond it.
We are here for a time to do good, and to prepare for another and a better state. Let us not then attempt to settle down as children at home, or say as Job did, “I shall die in my nest!” But let us daily move on, keeping the eye steadily fixed on the things which are eternal.
Nor let us wonder if we are annoyed, opposed and tried—for what can strangers and travelers expect? Certainly not to have everything smooth and easy!
Let us keep at a proper distance from the customs, pleasures and practices of the world! Let us beware lest its politics, speculations, and schemes, swallow us up!
We are not placed here to amass a fortune, or gain a name—but to glorify our Father who is in heaven.
“They confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth!” Hebrews 11:13
“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims—abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul!” 1 Peter 2:11