Better Country


Hebrews 11, Daniel 4-6

Hebrews 11:10 – He was looking forward to a city with foundations, whose designer and builder is God.

Hebrews 11:16 – But as it is, they desire a better country, that is a heavenly one.  Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

Lord God, I’ll admit it. We get to settled here.  We live in homes that are very permanent.  We could live in this home for the next 30 years or more and it wouldn’t even be a problem.  Our country has been very stable and settled. Even now, we are very secure and stable.  No one – or very few – is looking for a way out.  We pout down roots and make this place our home.  But what we miss out on is the longing for something better.  We fix our eyes and our hearts here instead of there.  And when these foundations are shaken, then we are shaken.  Lord Jesus, I am very thankful for the stable life that you have given my family and I.  I have lived in this city for a long time and I’m quite settled. Father, I recognize the danger.  I fix my eyes on my slab here on earth and forget about the city above, the city with foundations, the city that you have built.  Lord God, as I live here, set my mind on this city, the city you have built.  Set my heart on things above where you are seated at God’s right hand. Increase in me a longing and a hopeful expectation for my eternal home with you.  And, as I wait, help me to make the most of the time that I have. Not fixating on my earthly home, but storing up for myself a treasure in heaven. Amen.