Just as my earthly trips home have sometimes been difficult and/or disheartening, our trip to our eternal home as we live out this life on earth can also be marked with moments of pain, disappointment, loss, and care. But so much more worth the time and effort than even a return trip from a far-away country is the journey on which we’ve embarked when we’ve placed our faith in Jesus Christ.
And we can’t really think such trials and tribulations are unusual circumstances for we who are Pilgrims in this walk of life. Others who have placed their faith in God’s salvation have already gone before us, blazing a trail across the wilderness of history with lives of trusting obedience to God’s love and perfect will. Hebrews chapter 11 describes some of these others who know well the path that we now tread: Abel, Enoch, Noah, and Abraham for starters.
“These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city” (Hebrews 11:13-16 ESV).
Do you long for a better country than a world of disappointment and fruitlessness can offer? Are you hungering for something more than can be found in the meager promises a material life can provide?
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