by Pastor David Grey
Speaking of many of the great men and women of faith who have passed, the writer to the Hebrews said, “All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” — Hebrews 11:13-16
This passage refers to those who had turned from the world and its illicit pleasures in favor of a life of faithful obedience to the Lord. They followed the same path Moses did, who “chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time”, (v. 25).
This speaks to us, today, for it is both the same and only path for those who want to know that “God is not ashamed to be called their God.”
Those who choose this path do not long for the “country they came from.” They do not long for the old life and its ways. They may experience its tug from time to time, but they know that such desire comes from the flesh which is weak and is constantly at war with the Spirit (Galatians 5:17).
They understand that that old way of life is a way that leads only to destruction and death and so they resist such temptation in the Spirit.
It says clearly that if they had longed for it, they “could have gone back.” God does not remove our ability to make choices even after we set out hearts to obey Him. He never does that.
How are you doing, dear Christian? Are you faithfully and confidently looking forward to dwelling in that city which has been designed and built on eternal foundations by God Himself?
If so, you know the joy and sense of security that comes from a faithful relationship. You have the assurance that this city is being prepared for you and you have your eye set steadfastly upon it.
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