July 14 – God Blesses the Foreigners

God’s blessings are extended beyond His people Israel to even foreigners!  I have lived more than half of my adult life as a foreigner and now that I’m back in the US, it is not a surprise that I seem to be drawn to people from other countries. Sophie’s plane from Africa was several hours delayed.  So while waiting in the international terminal I watched weary people arrive from around the world. I wanted to have a cooler filled with bottled water and a big sign and a hug to welcome everyone coming to Houston for the first time.  I think it would make God smile, for He too wants to bless and rescue the foreigner.

This is what the Lord says: Be just and fair to all. Do what is right and good, for I am coming soon to rescue you and to display my righteousness among you. Blessed are all those who are careful to do this. Blessed are those who honor my Sabbath days of rest and keep themselves from doing wrong… For this is what the Lord says: “I will bless those eunuchs who keep my Sabbath days holy and who choose to do what pleases me and commit their lives to me”… “I will also bless the foreigners who commit themselves to the Lord, who serve him and love his name, who worship him and do not desecrate the Sabbath day of rest, and who hold fast to my covenant.” 

God, bless the foreigners among us.  May we honor You by how we treat others, those that are similar to us and those that are different.   Your desire is for all to know and love Your name and to wholeheartedly worship You, for in doing so we are blessed. Amen.

Isaiah 56:1-2, 4, 6 NLT