Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Submitted by Andrew Kalemkarian, Noah Team
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-3, 13-19
Today’s Devotion: Faith is forward looking, but often not future planning. Like Abraham, we don’t have a crystal ball telling us specifics about the future. Abraham trusted God to provide a sacrifice or perhaps, as the writer of Hebrews suggests, to even raise his son from the dead. But Abraham did not know how. He had assurance by faith that God would provide, but no specific knowledge of the future—only the faith to move forward.
But how does faith fit into the context of our lives? Or, rather, how does the context of our lives call for this kind of faith? We are “strangers and exiles on the earth” (v. 13b). Forward-looking faith is based on the premise that where we are now—physically and metaphorically—is not our final destination. The story of God’s people in exile from the First Testament is not just an encouragement for us, it is our story.
Are you seeking a homeland—a better, heavenly country that God has prepared? Or, are you looking backward, longing for a lesser past?
Prayer: Lord, increase our faith. And, increase our knowledge of you. And, increase our longing for you and the homeland you have prepared for us.