Have you ever felt like a stranger in a foreign land? As Christian’s we are alien and foreigners in this world we call earth because our true home is with our father in heaven. The Israelites, God’s chosen people, experienced this when they were exiled out of Israel. An exile is someone experiencing a prolonged separation from one’s country or home. “Peter an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.” (1 Peter 1:1-2) Just as the Israelites, in exile, experienced suffering, persecution, heartache, and pain; so do we. But, even though we are separated from the father, we get to experience the grace and peace Jesus brings. Because of Jesus’ obedience to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, we receive grace, and because of this, we have peace in knowing we are forgiven.
“Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” (Jeremiah 29:7 NIV) We were strategically placed by God exactly where we are, in this country, and state, and city, for this time. Don’t waste the good news. Share it. I challenge you today to let yourself be covered with grace and lean into the peace we have knowing that this world is not all there is. “May grace and peace be multiplied to you.” (1 Peter 1:2)
Thank you for the grace you freely bestowed on us at the cost of your blood shed on the cross, so that we would be saved. Thank you also for the peace in knowing that this world is not all there is and that it is not our home. We have a purpose on this earth to praise your sweet name. Give us the boldness to share it with others and deeply believe it for ourselves.