June 27, 2016 – Hebrews 11:12

Hebrews11-12And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.  Hebrews 11:12Abraham and his wife Sarah reached the age when they had become senior citizens.  And I can see them in their ‘rocking chairs’ rocking through the rest of their lives day after day.However, one day of their contented rocking-life, God had a talk with them.  He sent them to the promised land, a journey that took several generations and is still goes on today.  They were promised a son in their old age.  Sarah laughed.  She learned that God conquers even the age barrier in all things.We, the descendants of Abraham, the adopted sons and daughters through Jesus Christ, have become heirs of Abraham’s promised land.  Abraham believed.  And because of his strong belief in God, Abraham led his children in the way of believing in God.  Faith replaces giving up, whining and complaining is replaced by prayer.  Sadness gives way to the joy of expectant living.All these people died still believing what God had promised them.  This is our pattern when we believe.  For we see our inheritance from a distance and live in expectation of arriving in our promised land – Heaven.We each have a journey that God laid out for us.  We are foreigners and nomads here.  This is not our home and we know it.  We have that inner longing to live with God himself.  Sometimes the journey seems long with many thorns.  Each thorn we encounter strengthens our faith in Him.This world is not our home, we’re just passing through! 

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,“therefore I will hope in him.”  Lamentations 3:22-24

All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own.  Hebrews 11:13-14