(Hebrews 11:13-16) 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, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on the 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 looking for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
Abel, Enoch. Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, and Jacob are the people referred to in this Scripture. They are the ones who admitted being foreigners and strangers on the earth. Do you feel like a foreigner or stranger on the earth? Maybe not, but think about the reality of our time here. Our sojourn on the earth is a few short years compared to the eternal existence God has promised us. In truth, we are simply preparing for the home that lies ahead.
Not to make light of our current lives. The short period we are here is essential. There are choices to be made and ministries to be carried out. The most important choice is choosing Jesus as our savior and recognizing that his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead represent God’s provision for us. Through Jesus, we become sons and daughters of God’s promises. As sons and daughters, we have an assigned purpose in God’s kingdom while here on the earth. Like the faithful people of the past, we serve in God’s kingdom fulfilling what he has planned for us.
Looking ahead to what God has promised brings joy to us no matter what our circumstances. Faith in our glorious future sustains us. In hard times, we remember that this life is not going to last forever. Our future lies in a country where there is no pain or sorrow. Heaven will be filled with God’s love, and we will bask in his presence for eternity.