Read:

They were longing 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.  — Hebrews 11:16

Reflect:

What made the saints spoken of in this chapter long for a better country? How did they have the grit and conviction to renounce privilege and embrace ostracism? I believe it’s because they had a clear view of who they were in Christ. They truly identified with Christ in His sufferings so they could identify with Him in His glory. They knew that life is a battleground and that victory lay just beyond the horizon. 
 
Hope was the anchor that allowed them to endure trial, pain and sorrow in a manner that humbles me deeply. When everything was taken from them, adversity served to fuel their thirst for the Promised Land.   
 
Do we view the system of the world in a similar way? Do we purge immediate gratification and faithfully wait for the promises of God to be fulfilled? What a blessing to read about the lives of those who wholeheartedly believed. They act to mentor us and encourage us as we eagerly await the coming of our Blessed Hope.  May we too live in a way that shows a lost world the riches of our heavenly city!

Pray:

Blessed Savior, thank you for the gift of encouragement through Your Word. Please give me unswerving devotion to You and a heart for home. Amen.

Your Turn:

What spurned these saints on in their earthly journeys? 
 
What temporal things did they give up in exchange for living lives sold out for eternity? 


Tiffany Gaines

Tiffany is a child of God, saved by mercy and grace. She is married to an amazing man and they have and homeschool three children. She is blessed with the privilege of being a stay-at-home-mama who has learned how important it is to laugh and that joy is a choice. Life has had no shortage of highs and lows but through it all, God has been faithful! The continual cry of her heart is to have less of herself and more of her Savior.