Over 1 in every 100 people in the world today is a refugee. Their sad situation is a stark reminder to us of how truly blessed we are.
God’s people Israel wandered for 40 years in the wilderness. Later in their history, they were scattered throughout all the nations of the earth, before starting to return to their Promised Land in 1948.
Whatever happens to us, God is our true refuge. We are never alone if we put our trust in Him. He is our help in trouble. He provides us with our food and our clothes, with everything we need.
God has said that the faithful must embrace God’s promises, confessing ourselves to be strangers and pilgrims on the earth. And like the patriarch Abraham, we should have no continuing city. Instead, we look for one to come whose builder and maker is God Himself.
And as we are spiritually strangers and pilgrims, so we must look out for those who need food, shelter and help. When we come into contact with them, we should look after these people, and give them what they need for, who knows? - they might even be angels testing our faith, as they did with Abraham many centuries ago.
Jesus set us the example. He was truly homeless for much of his ministry. He actually said on one occasion, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
We should give God and Jesus a home in our hearts. Making them welcome in our lives so that we can show everyone what they’re like.
And the end of our journey? The end of our wandering? God’s Kingdom. A world full of His righteousness and peace; crops at the top of the mountains, water in the desert and no more war, poverty or injustice.
Once there, we’ll be settled, happy, blessed and at home. We’ll never have to come back. The wandering will be over. The refugees will take refuge and become citizens of the Kingdom of God.