Strangers on the Earth

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. Hebrews 11:13 NIV

Whenever I drive a car in a foreign country, I am quickly reminded that I am a "stranger". Om which side of the road do I drive? What do those road signs mean? Did the "red-yellow-green" sequence work little differently? Maybe it is best that I let others drive me when I am not in my own country. I am safer when I remember I am a stranger in the land.

Sadly, there are times I forget that I am a stranger on earth. My home is with Jesus, yet sometimes I seek to become a little too comfortable in this foreign land called earth. When that happens:

  • The contrasts between earthly and eternal values become foggy.
  • The differences between a cultural and a biblical view start to blend.

How I view life shapes my perspectives; my perspectives shape my priorities, and my priorities shape what I do. Forgive me, Father, for forgetting I am a stranger here. But I am not a stranger in my family of faith.


Let us join together as exiles in the land to live and work together as we journey toward heaven.

Sharing the journey with you, Bob Snyder