This week as I was doing my daily reading I was struck by a verse in Hebrews 11, that I don’t believe I have ever seen before. Although I have read this chapter many times and even taught through it, I have never been gripped by this until now. Asking the following question to myself:
Where is Your Focus?
The passage is this:
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations,whose designer and builder is God. 11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.
13 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. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 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.
Verse 15 is what has stuck with me all week. Why didn’t they return to where they came from? Because they weren’t thinking about it. How could they not think about where they were coming from? They were gripped by what was lying ahead. A Promised Land. A Heavenly One. There was something better out there and they were running towards it.
Where Are We Looking?
Our Past? Our Troubles? The Present? Or The Future?
Not Only Have We Been Called Out of Something We Have Been Called To Something
Because they pressed on towards their place the Lord was calling them to, God was not ashamed to be called their God, for He had prepared for them a city.
How often do we forget that He has prepared for us a city? And it will be perfect. This is not our home. Our past isn’t our home, our troubles won’t last, we can make plans but even if we obtain them they won’t last. There is a city there is a place that will last for all eternity and Christ the Sovereign King of the universe is preparing it for us.
Why would we look anywhere else?
We Will Run Towards What We Are Focusing On
“Heaven is a part of the creation which God has built for this end, to be the place of his glorious presence. And it is his abode forever. Here he will dwell and gloriously manifest himself to eternity. And this renders heaven a world of love; for God is the fountain of love, as the sun is the fountain of light. And therefore the glorious presence of God in heaven fills heaven with love, as the sun placed in the midst of the hemisphere in a clear day fills the world with light. The Apostle tells us that God is love, 1 John 4:8. And therefore seeing he is an infinite Being, it follows that he is an infinite fountain of love. Seeing he is an all-sufficient Being, it follows that he is a full and overflowing and an inexhaustible fountain of love. Seeing he is an unchangeable and eternal Being, He is unchangeable and eternal source of love. There even in heaven dwells that God from whom every stream of holy love, yea, every drop that is or ever was proceeds”~ Jonathan Edwards