March 4 (1 Peter 1:1)
This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. (NLT)
Chosen people. Foreigners. How many of us grasp that this is what we are? First of all, we are chosen. People may choose what to wear and where to eat, but when it comes to a relationship with God, He chooses us. You may think that you have chosen Him or have chosen to return to Him, but He has always been right there with you, keeping His eye on you. What an incredible sense of belonging that instills! You are not alone in a vast, cold, and impersonal universe. In fact, you are known, beloved, and chosen by the very creator of all that exists.
At the same time, we are foreigners. We are strangers in very familiar lands. The paths we take day in and day out to work and the grocery store, to the gym and to the homes of our friends, all seem so familiar, yet we are foreigners here. Your principal identity is that of a child of God. Your true home is with your Father, yet for a time you are living and working here. This is why things so often seem off or wrong or not quite right.
That is how it should be. We should be wary if things seem too comfortable in this life. For those who have accepted their identity as chosen people of God, things should seem at odds with how we know they should be, and that gives us our direction in life. We step into those places and work to bring them in line with the will of God, confident that in the end, He will make all things new.
God, sometimes I get frustrated when things are not right because I have let myself become too comfortable in the world. Take me deeper into Your word this week and show me again pictures of what life is truly like with You. Help me to keep my focus on You and not on my dissatisfaction with life around me. In the name of Jesus, Who never took His eyes from You, even while hanging on the cross, amen.