Suilven with Lochinver and Stoer Church.
Photography courtesy of Neil McDade,

Then Joseph brought his father Jacob and presented him to Pharaoh; and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How many years have you lived?” So Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my sojourning are one hundred and thirty; few and unpleasant have been the years of my life, nor have they attained the years that my fathers lived during the days of their sojourning.” And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from his presence.

Genesis 47:7-10 (NASB)

There are many incidents in the Bible that make me stop,  trying to imagine what it must have been like to be there. There are too many to list, safe to mention but a few, the flood, parting of the Red Sea, the rising of Lazurus and, the ascension of our Lord to Heaven. But the meeting that occurs in today’s scripture is one that I would have loved to see; the meeting of a Pharaoh dressed in all his finery with Jacob in his final year. Pharaoh was astounded to meet someone so old and wise as Jacob; there was something different that attracted Pharaoh to this old herdsman despite his culture’s distaste of such men. There are times in life when we meet certain folk like Jacob, we are drawn to them. It is the same factor that draws us as drew Pharaoh; that there is a sense of God about these individuals that our soul  resonnates with it. I know I have been privileged to meet such individuals, men and women of God.

The King was wealthy in worldly terms beyond even the riches of Jacob; but Jacob was spiritually wealthy beyond Pharaoh’s understanding. The same was true of our Lord and many of the Pharisees of His time; they were wealthy men but His riches are beyond all worldly standards. I am not bragging, but I have personally known millionaires. One was a cousin and another was a man from our village. But these gentlemen were poor spiritually, not knowing Jesus as Lord and Saviour, which is sad.

A word that sticks out in this text is “sojourning” – what a lovely word. In Hebrew “mâgûr mâgûr” refers to a pilgrimage through a temporary place on the way to a permanent place. This is how Jacob refers to his life; a painful pilgrimage towards a far better place after this life. How true that is for God’s children today, this world is not our home either.

Dear Reader, how are your life’s sojournings going? There may be hard times mixed in with the good times, and it may seem sometimes there are more hard than good times. If you know and love the Lord Jesus take heart, your worldly ailments are but a drop in the bucket compared to your wealth in Heaven’s vaults. Just like Jacob we may be exasperated in life, but we look forward to our Heavenly Home someday.


24 thoughts on “Life’s Sojournings

  1. This world is a beautiful place, but there is so much evil. Just lately I’ve been thinking a lot about heaven – maybe because I’m getting older! 🙂 Apart from meeting the Lord, I’m excited about being reunited with my twin brother (David) who was stillborn.
    I loved the song, Alan, and the photo. The church looks like a miniature model at the foot of those hills.

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    1. Good day Lesley! I can relate to thinking more about heaven, it has been a constant companion with my various health issues and visits to hospital over the years. In all these I am assured by His Word and His presence. He is a compassionate Father, Hallelujah! God bless you today sister 🙏

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      1. Having to regularly attend hospital can be frightening and worrying, so I’m glad that you’re assured and comforted by God’s Word and presence. Sometimes I think that it’s at these times when we allow ourselves to be drawn closer to Him.
        God bless you too, Alan!

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    1. I am so glad that my wee scribblings are helpful to you Jim.
      I pray that you and your family’s relocation will be blessed and guided in every step by the Holy Spirit, that all will go smoothly, and that you will settle in without being over tired, Amen. 🙏

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  2. What a lovely word, Alan, is “mâgûr mâgûr”, one of such promise, a promise of an eternal home after our sojourning! Thank you for introducing it to us, a much needed remembrance. Grace and peace. 🙏

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  3. Alan, you certainly made me stop and look at that passage in a new way. Thank you. Your words, “There are times in life when we meet certain folk like Jacob, we are drawn to them . . . there is a sense of God about these individuals that our soul resonnates with it.” My mom used to tell me in those instances, “Beth, you are seeing the Jesus in that person.”

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    1. You certainly brightened my day with your lovely comments Beth! Your mom was a wise woman in that statement; how often we may see Jesus and not realise it. God bless you and your family today sister 🙏


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