“I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me.” Ps 119:19
When we look at this verse, we can also conclude that “stranger” could be “sojourner,” which means a person who resides temporarily in a place. Earth is not our home. Dwelling here is not the end goal. I have overheard people say that it is not a fear of dying, but a fear of leaving this place. They say that they are “not ready to go.” Before I gave my life to Christ, I could relate to this thought process. I lived each day for me and for the next adventure. Leaving this earth scared me because I was having too much fun with “earthly life.”
1 John 2:15-17 states: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” Once we give our lives to Christ, the desire to Love HIM overwhelms any desire we may have once had to love the world.
The psalmist reminds us that we are strangers here and asks the Lord to show us the way; “do not hide your commands from me.” We need guidance. Think of this life as a trip. Almost any trip or journey, requires a map or guide. As we travel through life, the Bible serves as our road map, our spiritual guide to maneuver through this world. It will help point out hazards, obstacles to avoid, the safe routes to take to our final destination (eternal life with our Father). We must recognize ourselves as sojourners, travelers on this earth, who need to study God’s map to learn the way. If we ignore the map, we will wander aimlessly through life and risk missing our real destination!
God Bless you all!