Heb 11:8-10 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. (9) By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: (10) For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
The events in the life of Abraham are recorded in Gen 11:27 – 25:8. God’s initial call for Abraham to leave his homeland, and the blessings that would result, are found in Genesis 12:1-5.
“Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:” (Gen 12:1)
As Abraham trusted in his Lord and followed this calling, it brought great personal sacrifice upon himself. He sacrificed by leaving his home, family and friends behind, as well as sacrificing his own family’s security and comfort. Abraham’s sacrifice was to result in receipt of a wonderful inheritance: (Gen 12:2-3)
- I will make of thee a great nation,
- and I will bless thee,
- and make thy name great;
- and thou shalt be a blessing:
- And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:
- and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Although a wonderful blessing from God, this temporal inheritance was not the motivating force behind Abraham’s step of faith. We are told in our text that Abraham was motivated by the eternal blessings that awaited Him. The earthly land of Caanan could not begin to compare to the New Jerusalem, Heaven his eternal inheritance…
“For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (see also Heb 11:13-16).
Is the Lord burdening our heart about making a great temporal sacrifice for Him? Is He asking us to give up something in this world, so that we might be of greater heavenly service to Him? If so, let’s keep our eyes on our heavenly home and the eternal blessings that await us. There is nothing on earth that can begin to compare to the value of knowing we are pleasing our Lord and will spend eternity with Him someday.
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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