“〔亚伯拉罕〕因着信，就在所应许之地作客。” – 来 11:9
亚伯拉罕一生大部份时间都是作为一个游牧之民，他从一个地方迁移到另一个地方。纵使离开了他可以称之为家的地方，希伯来书告诉我们，他仍然“在等候”找到他与神同住的家；这是因为神呼召了他 － 而亚伯拉罕因着信便遵从了呼召。
“By faith [Abraham] made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country.” – Hebrews 11:9
Most of us have a warm spot in our hearts for home. Even the word home can bring feelings of warmth, love, and security. Though we may grow up and eventually leave our home of origin, our home never quite leaves us.
For much of his life, Abraham was a nomad, moving from one place to another. Even though he left behind places that he could have called home, the book of Hebrews tells us he was “looking forward” to finding his home with God. That’s because God called him—and by faith Abraham followed.
Oftentimes Abraham lived as an outsider in a foreign land. He knew what it was like to be different from the people around him. As a sojourner, he faithfully followed the Lord as his guide and as God fulfilled promises in his life.
All of us who consider ourselves spiritual children of Abraham have a similar mindset. We follow where the Lord leads. As followers of Jesus, we are never completely comfortable or at home with the value system and lifestyle of this world. As a result, we don’t drive our stakes too deeply into the ground. Instead we travel lightly. Even if we don’t travel to distant lands, we focus on living as citizens of God’s kingdom. We live in such a way that we long not only for our home with God but also to help bring his coming kingdom here on earth.
Father, thank you for the promise of having our eternal home with you. Be our steadfast guide as we journey through this life, sharing your goodness everywhere. Amen.