Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hebrews 11:13-16 -- On Faith in a Better Place

"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city."
Hebrews 11:13-16

This speaks to all of us, doesn't it?  God gives us so much in this life, but some of his promises are beyond us for now.  Even so, seeking for them, for God... for his kingdom and his promises, it shows us sometimes how foreign this earth life is to us.  We were made for a better, and someday we will all get there.  We just have to have faith... that same faith that people throughout the scriptures had.  The faith that led them to do great things, and to stay dedicated to and focused on God.  They are blessed... and so are we, if we can follow in their footsteps and look to something better.  If we aren't ashamed of God, he won't be ashamed of us, and he'll prepare a city, and all things, for us.  Today, let's trust him and move forward in faith, trusting in that future and that far better, heavenly, country that God has waiting for us.

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