A Longing Fulfilled
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country―a heavenly one.
Would you call your life a victory if you led a life of faith but didn’t receive the promise of that faith before you died? Hebrews 11 lists the Faith Hall of Fame, men and women who experienced miraculous interventions of God during their days on the earth but “did not receive the things promised.” They were “aliens and strangers” who lived loosely connected to this world, longing for the fulfillment of what they had chosen to believe. Like them, we are a little ill at ease in this world. We see things that trouble us and long for a better country, a heavenly one. Our days on the earth are God-ordained, and He has a plan and purpose for each one of them. But when you are discouraged and troubled by the world around you, remember that this is not our final destination.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your promise of a better home, one that I will share with You for eternity. Help me to live with my heart and hands at work to fulfill Your purposes for me in the earth while my eyes are fixed on You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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