“Faith motivated Abraham to obey God’s call and leave the familiar to discover the territory he was destined to inherit from God. So he left with only a promise and without even knowing ahead of time where he was going, Abraham stepped out in faith. He lived by faith as an immigrant in his promised land as though it belonged to someone else. He journeyed through the land living in tents with Isaac and Jacob who were persuaded that they were also co-heirs of the same promise.His eyes of faith were set on the city with unshakable foundations, whose architect and builder is God himself.” Hebrews 11:8-10
The image of Abraham pitching tents all along his jouney makes me think of how much I love backpacking in the mountains. There’s something about being removed from anything resembling civilization and sleeping under the stars that purifies the soul; however, usually, after a few days of primitive tent camping, I find myself longing for my creature comforts like home, a shower, and some real food.
Maybe Abraham was tempted to feel like I do, but he sure didn’t show it. He put his trust in the promise of God that he would inherit this new amazing land. He considered his current place temporary, dwelling in tents and putting his faith in what was to come.
We spend so much time creating permanent dwellings and comforts for ourself here on Earth. We fight hard for status or popularity. We’re miserable unless we have a girlfriend/boyfriend. We throw a fit if we don’t have a certain car or new gadget that just came out.
Learn to put your trust in the One who promises us a new world where there is no crying or problems and everything is made perfect. Put your hope in the world to come and you will find that the troubles and heartaches of this world will lose their grip on you and fade away. Maybe instead of pitching fits when we don’t get our way need to start pitching tents.
Spend some time today asking the Lord to show you where you are creating too much of a life for yourself here.