“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

A New City

(Please read Hebrews 11:8-10)

May 30

It isn’t unusual these days for people to change houses several times during their lives. They find new jobs or get transferred from city to city, so it’s time to move again.

Even so, our lives are in sharp contrast with that of Abraham, a man who, though he became rich, probably never built a house. He lived in tents and moved several times. He and other heroes of the faith described in Hebrews 11 counted themselves “strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” Wherever they were located and however substantial their residences were, they knew they were just passing through and the world would not, could not, be their permanent dwelling place.

Abraham, it is said, was “looking for the city . . . whose builder and maker is God.” So are we. Our citizenship is in heaven and our names are inscribed there. We should be laying up treasure there, where our Lord is and where our hope is. If that truth penetrates to our hearts in a world where materialism abounds, we are fortunate indeed. Then as the years pass, the world and its attractions will fade in importance to us, while the view of our Lord and the attractions of heaven will grow ever clearer and more precious.

That vision will of course affect how we live and how others see us live. And whether we live in a rustic village or a bustling city, let’s look forward with determination and joy to the home of the soul, where God has prepared for us an eternal city. May thoughts of that city brighten your way today.

 

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