By Faith We Sojourn (1)

Hebrews 11:9-16

"By faith he sojourned..."

When we travel to another country, how do we feel? There is a saying, "Birds dwell in a good and peaceful land." Therefore, it is normal for many people to want to stay in a better town or a better country for their studies, for their work or for a more secure life. However, as the children of God, wherever we live, God always wants to remind us and even to command us to be a sojourner, a stranger, a pilgrim or a visitor. Why? God has prepared a much better home for us in Heaven, and this world will be destroyed by fire one day. To sojourn (paroikéo in Greek, and goor in Hebrew) means to dwell or stay at a place for a short time as a new-comer, a stranger, a sojourner or a visitor. Are we sojourners on earth waiting for our better home in Heaven? We must have faith in God, in the Lord Jesus Christ and in God's Word to sojourn on earth.

By faith Abraham "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" (Heb 11:9). Even though God had promised to give the land of Canaan to him and his descendants, Abraham still sojourned there as in a strange country. Why? "For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God" (v 10). He and Sarah even "confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth" (v 13). When Abraham bought a land to bury Sarah, he said to the local people, confessing, "I am a stranger and a sojourner with you" (Gen 23:4). With such a confession, where were their hearts and treasure and what were their desires? "... they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly" (Heb 11:16). Thank God for their faith in God and His Word. Did they lose anything? "Wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city" (Heb 11:16). Praise the Lord! What about you? Where is your heart and treasure (Matt 6:21)?

THOUGHT: Where is my treasure — on earth or in heaven?

PRAYER: Lord, help me to desire the better place which Thou has prepared for me.

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