“If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 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” Hebrews 11: 15-16
It’s amazing isn’t it? How fast life can change. The funny thing is that we’ve never had any reason to believe that we know what tomorrow holds. And yet we are just now realizing that. We have no idea what tomorrow, next week or even next month will look like.
And it frightens us, doesn’t it? Will this all just blow over? Or will life be forever changed? And if so, how?
We look back to a month ago when we were blissfully unaware of what was barreling down at us. And I don’t just mean this virus. I mean the lost of a loved one, or a job, or the wayward child. Because I know firsthand, that regular everyday hardships don’t stop hitting just because the whole world looks like it’s gone crazy.
And it’s so very tempting to want to go back. To have life return to what it was before all these trials made their entrance. We find ourselves crying out much like the Israelites, “Why did you bring us out here to die? It would have been better for us to stay where we were!”
And maybe in our logical, earth bound minds that’s true. That statement makes a lot of sense. But we are not earth-bound creatures. We will one day stand before a mighty God who will determine, not based on our works, but on our faith whether we are heaven or hell bound. And that thought should put a lot of things into perspective.
“What does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul?” (Mark 8:36)
What does it profit us to continue on our paths undeterred only to find out later we were on the wrong one? Who wouldn’t want a detour sign, a stop sign, a yield sign, something??
Faith in God says that He is in control. That He works all things for the good of those who love Him. That He is a merciful and kind God. But He is also a jealous One.
And He demands no other gods before Him.
Throughout the Bible we find story after story of people leaving what they’ve always known to follow Jesus. To find a better land. A promised land.
Sometimes, most of the time, the journey was rough. And there were times when things looked bleak and hopeless. But never have we read of God’s children being forsaken. Forgotten.
I don’t know what these times hold for any of us. I don’t know if the economy will bounce back quickly. Or the businesses will open back up. Or the relationships restored. Or if the child will return.
But I do know that God is moving right now. If you can’t see it, then you’re blind. He is doing something. He is moving mountains and parting waters. And I believe that if we will keep pressing forward, eager to see what new thing He is doing, we’ll find ourselves in a completely new and better land.
These are the times when families can reconnect. When relationships will go through hard seasons, but on the other side come out stronger and better than ever. When we can all slow down, stop even, and rest in what He is doing.
I love my country. But I’ll say this at the risk of plenty of disdain. It doesn’t really matter to me how fast all this ends, or what bill Congress passes, or anything else. Because God does not sit in a seat in Congress. He sits with me, right here. And with you, right there. He knows better what we need then those elected to do the job. And I absolutely believe that right now He is doing just that.
And I believe that all those regular everyday hardships hitting right now, they’re coming at the perfect timing. God is moving in those too. He is making a way right now. And construction is never pretty.
So let’s not look too much on what we’ve left behind. But look forward and upward to what we have coming. God is moving right now. Can you feel it?