Saturday, April 4, 2009

Going Home

Who was it who said, "You can't go home again." I just got back from down home, that's Southern Indiana taking care of Uncle Sam request. I drove a little over 800 miles in all; back in Abram day when he and his nephew, Lot gathered up all that they had to be led by God to a promised land flowing with milk and honey that He swore to give to him and his descendants. Their journey would have taken them nearly a year or so to reach this land.
Most people today here in America do not know what real hardship is like. On this trip home I visited my old grade school in Alford, the same school that my Father had attended from 1921 to 1929. The Old School House as it is called has now been turned into a Arts and Craft shop. It was a two room building with the first through fourth in one room and fifth through eighth in the other. Several school pictures were hanging on a wall. The pot belly shoves were missing as well as the old coal house which stood about 120 feet to the south. The first old water hand pump outside of the building was still there. I can remember standing in line holding the small white paper cone cup waiting to get my drink of water and I noticed that the girls and boys outhouses were long gone.. But all of this is nothing compared to how much hardship many are still living with in most of the third world countries. Countries where many must carry their water long distances for drinking, bathing and cooking and still no electricity.
How different it must have been for Abram and his family as they travel hundreds of miles, often maybe just ten miles or so a day, but Abram was guided by his faith in a great promise given by a all knowing God. God changed Abram name to Abraham... God accredited Abraham's faith as righteousness and through faith all believers in Christ are counted as Abraham's descendants. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. Gal. 3:29
Many today are to occupied with looking for sources other than the Bible in an attempt to gain popularity, power and riches of this world. Their pride will be a great snare to them. Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:1-2