When was the last time you were traveling? It’s fun to get away and travel to different places and to see different sights. When you travel overseas, you see a culture very different from ours. The language may be different, the food will be different, the currency may seem strange and some of their dress will be different. And, we see some beautiful sights!
In our own country there are differences in customs, in the way people speak and, the food, though basically the same, may have a different twist. Traveling can be fun and, it can be difficult if things don’t go as planned.
In the Bible, we see people journeying—traveling to different places. For instance, Abraham was told to leave his country and to go to a land God would show him. He was promised all the nations of the world would be blessed through him. Abraham obeyed God, all the things promised to him came true (Gen. 12:1-4).
Joseph was the favorite son of Jacob. He was despised by his brothers and taken to a foreign land. He did not want to go. Can you hear him plead with his brothers not to do this? They were glad to be rid of him, even though it broke their father’s heart. He was sold as a slave when he arrived in Egypt (Gen. 37).
Daniel and his three friends were taken from their home in Judah to Babylon. It was not a trip they wanted to take but when Nebuchadnezzar besieged the city, they were taken captive. The customs and language were all different, as was their food. Can you imagine being a teenager and taken from your parents to become servants in another nation? This happened to them (Daniel 1).
In every situation we just described, a journey was taken. They left the comfort and surroundings they were used to. They all endured hardships along the way and while there. Abraham did not receive the full promise but, it was experienced by following generations (Joshua 23:14).
We are asked to take a journey. This is a journey toward our God. As we go, we are asked to put God ahead of family and all things we desire. There are hardships along the way that we must overcome. We are called to be servants. We do have a choice if we make this journey or not. All of the men we saw earlier trusted in God and received blessings from Him. Have you made this journey? Consider the final stop if we obey Him—Heaven! That’s the journey I want to take—and am. How about you?