Friday, January 10, 2014

they were longing for a better country

That is a title of a wonderful Zach Winters cd, but it is also from Hebrews 11.

I quoted quite a bit of Hebrews 11 in a prayer journal, which I have copied below.

"...faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. ...And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him...By faith, Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out of a place which he was to receive an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going...he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land..for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God...she (Sarah) considered Him faithful who had promised...All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on earth. For those that say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went 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 a city for them...Moses...choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward." -Selections from Hebrews 11:1-26

This is not our home. We are to live as aliens on this earth. Instead, we are to have a heavenly outlook.
Just as they looked to their Reward,who is God, we too are to be looking to a Him, because He is faithful.

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