Promises of a country not yet seen
November 08, 2010
“These all died in faith not having
received the promises but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of
them and embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims
on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek
a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from when
they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.” -
In the above passage, the writer of
Hebrews is beginning to describe how the immediate descendents of Abraham
(and indeed Abraham himself) were blessed because they believed and had
faith in the promises of God long, long before these promises would ever
come to be. They were blessed because they believed God (were persuaded)
and embraced His promises, realizing that they were only visitors here and
they sought His kingdom. If they had been mindful of (focusing on) the
place or country from where they had come, they might have been prone to
invest in and stay in that country. But they sought the better country
that God had promised.
Jesus told Thomas in John 20:29b
“blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Just as with
the saints who had faith and believed God before Jesus came, we have a
great opportunity today to do the same and be blessed for the level and
intensity of our faith without ever seeing in the natural. This is a very
special time because this opportunity will not always be present. Soon
every eye will see and everyone will know that Jesus is Lord. But when
that happens, the nature and rewards for faith will take on a whole new
God has given us a great privilege today to be integral parts of His
plan and to be able to walk in partnership with Him who we can’t yet see.
We are also very close to the day when we will “see” with our natural eyes
what the old saints and prophets always longed to but never got to see.
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