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 Sojourners 11/8/10

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.” - Hebrews 11:13-16

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 meaning.

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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