Seeing our FUTURE through EYES of FAITH: "These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them." (Heb 11:13-16)
D. L. Moody has once said that “faith makes all things possible; love makes all things easy.” The people referred in the above passage were Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Sarah (vv. 8, 9, 11), who all died before taking possession of the land of Canaan that God had promised them (Gen. 12:1-3). They did not live to see the fulfillment of the divine promises. However, they endured in their faith until the end knowing that this world was temporary, that their eternal home would be with God. Finally, they died believing God would fulfill His promises to them eventually one day.
It is interesting to note that these patriarchs were seeking a 'heavenly' homeland. This is rather remarkable since most of the promises made by God had to do with material blessings on this earth. But they had a heavenly hope that enabled them to treat this world as a foreign country. This spirit of pilgrimage is especially pleasing to God, as Darby writes, “He is not ashamed to be called the God of those whose heart and portion are in heaven.” God had prepared a city for them, and there they would find rest, satisfaction and perfect peace.
In the same way, we should not abandon our hope in the promises of God. Even though we do not see the outcome of today’s struggles, by faith let us see our future and the fact that we are going to our heavenly home where we will live with our beloved Lord and Savior Jesus forever! Let us remain faithful to our heavenly calling until the very end of our earthly existence!
Remember, for over 2000 years Jesus is preparing a heavenly habitation for us to inhabit one day, and these are His own words of reassurance: "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:1-3)