From Pastor Don's Desk,
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
When Jesus left, He told the disciples that He was going to prepare a place for us. In Hebrews it declares that Abraham acknowledged that he was only a stranger here and looked for a city, not made by hands, whose builder and maker was God. Is it any wonder then, that God doesn’t’ let us get all comfortable here. He allows us to have enough trouble and difficulties so we will remember that this place is not our home. He wants that knowledge to be ever on our hearts and minds. Jesus paid an incredible price for us and He is looking forward to that day when everything is new and we sit down together at that banqueting table in the New Jerusalem.
As we walk through the trials and heartaches of this life our hearts begin to yearn for that heavenly city also. One day soon, God is going to turn to His son and say “it’s time, go get my children and bring them home”. There’s an old song with a verse that goes like this “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through, my treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heavens open door and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.” Folks, it’s real, there’s another day coming and this could be the dawning of that day.
Hebrews 11:29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
I recently read an article a woman wrote concerning an incident that occurred in her life. She was going through a very difficult situation. As she was reading the story of another person and a difficulty they were facing she said that right at the turning point where their situation was about to collapse they wrote these words "But God". She said those two words changed everything for her. She realized that no matter how dire her situation or the circumstances appeared to be, those two words turned everything upside down and made it right. They gave her a hope that the world didn't have. Eph 2: 4 says: "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us". That word "but" indicates a change in what was expected. So what brought about that change? It is faith in a God that loves us and gave Himself for us. As God's children we often walk through some of the same trials and difficulties the world does but we have a different outcome than the world because of those two words "but God". The psalmist declares in Psalms 34:19 “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: BUT the LORD delivereth him out of them all”.