“For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.”
By faith, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew there was more to God’s promise than a land flowing with milk and honey. They moved to Canaan and lived there all their lives, but all the time, they were looking forward to a different home. Man built everything in the promised land. Houses and farms were already there; the Israelites had nothing to do but take it over. Abraham wanted a city, a place built by God Himself, one with unshakable foundations.
We don’t know what God shared with Abraham, but it was more than we can read in the text because Abraham and his offspring expected more than Canaan. They did so based on faith, which, as we know, comes from hearing. God told them about the city He was designing and building. Obviously, the Israelites who finally entered the promised land took it to be the ultimate rather than a transition.
Task for Today: What about you today? Is this world the ultimate for you? Is this really a place to lay up treasures? Today, with Abraham in view, reconsider your expectations of what God is going to do for you. Lift your eyes above the horizon of earth and see through the stars of heaven. Somewhere in the realm of God is your true home. Act on your faith that the promise is still there for you.