"Now the Lord said to Abram, 'Go from your country and your father's house to the land that I will show you." (Genesis 12:1)
Since the beginning of time people have migrated – looking for a better place to live, a place of peace, a place where they could feed and raise their families.
Migration is a basic human right. Sadly, the modern world does not see things that way. Man has placed political and physical barriers to this natural movement of peoples. As we study the Bible, we see many examples of “migrants” and “refugees.” Abraham was commanded by God to wander the land until He told him to stop and establish his people (Genesis 12–13). The times and travels of Abraham were difficult and dangerous but God was with him all of the way. He and his family suffered racism, violence and abuse at the hands of many he encountered.
The Lord Jesus (in the Gospels) was also a refugee – forced to leave His country, sheltered and protected by His parents on His travels. As He started His ministry, He was chased from His own village at risk of being killed by His countrymen.
In the end, we see that God accomplished great things through Abraham and also through His son Jesus. He gifted them and they used their divine gifts to bring hope and blessings to all who met them. In much the same way, the migrants/refugees from Sub-Saharan Africa can be and are a blessing to those around them. As with the Lord Jesus, they are rejected, abused, and even killed simply because they are there and are not wanted. May God bring down the human walls of separation that divide and destroy the human spirit – that all people may practice the basic human right of migration and have the opportunity to live.