The biblical narrative is one long, complicated story of God bringing humanity from a state of exile into his full presence. It is a journey from one place to another.
When we become aware of our exiled status, the image of God’s story becomes much clearer as that story unfolds through humanity over time.
Exiled people need reminders that it is not a permanent state, but part of a long journey.
The journey toward restoration began a long time ago, in a land far away.
The writer of Genesis didn’t give us a lot of detail of Abram’s first several decades, it seems like he was just living life and one day God said: “Abram! Leave this place and go to this other place that you’ve never seen before. I promise, I’ll make it worth your while.”
And Abram responded with: “Yeah, sure, okay.” And left.
Because of Abraham’s faithfulness and the covenant between him and God, Abraham’s descendants, the Jews in Babylonian exile, felt assured that God would rescue them, because they were God’s special people.
Have you ever wondered whether Abram was the only person God asked to the journey? What if God actually asked every person living at the time? What if God asked every person living for a thousand years before Abram?
What if Abram was just the only one who followed through? The only one who was faithful.
Have you considered the miracle that roughly 7.5 billion people have complied with some measure of this quarantine lifestyle over the last couple of months?
Sure, there have been protests in different places, but generally speaking, most people have surrendered. We may not be happy about it everyday. But for the most part we have all said: “yeah, sure, okay.”
We have all stepped out of our old normal, answered the call and begun a journey toward a new normal. The longer the pandemic lasts, the more we know that the new normal will be different from our previous lives, and that creates a level of anxiety.
We are all God’s people and should find comfort in knowing that the God who called Abraham to go to a new land is leading us forward.
Today, we are all Abraham. Millions – billions of us who have chosen to surrender our old ways, who have been willing to sacrifice the present in order to have a future.
Our peace is in our faith that God is at work, implementing the plans he has for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us a hope and a future
May the peace of Christ fill you with hope today.