Verse 6 is a verse I was encouraged to learn off by heart as a young person. Saving faith is when we trust God and His promises in both Testaments. Such faith is evidenced by our practice of that faith – when we conduct ourselves and our relationships according to God’s ways.
“For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.”
Here is the substance of our hope, in what is not yet seen.
“But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.”
Here is an encouragement and exhortation for us, that we would desire this city that God is preparing – This better country.
Our faith rests in the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing God – Who is building His kingdom now on this broken earth, but too, is preparing for us a better country, a city not made by hands.
“And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.'”
This is our hope! Steady and sure, founded on the rock of ages.
* Lord God,
Thank You for Your word.
Thank You for this passage in Hebrews that shines a light on Your gift of faith, helping us see a little more clearly. Reminding us of those gone before us, Your people from Adam through till now.
Please help us be loving as You are loving, please help us be merciful and full of grace, as You are.
Please grow our faith Lord God, that we would continue to point people to You.