Looking for a city

Seeking a City

"For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come." Hebrews 13:14

The story of Abram’s departure from Ur is a fascinating story. In Genesis 12:1 God tells Abram to pack up, leave his family and native country to go to a place He would show him. God didn’t tell Abram where he was to go. He didn’t even tell Abram what the land he was going to would be like. He just said, get up and go and I will make you a great nation. Hebrews 11:8 makes the remarkable nature of Abram’s move very clear, “He went out, not knowing wither he went.” Are there many Christians in today’s world who will leave everything behind to go somewhere, even though they don’t know where they are going? We want to know as many details as possible about any major change in our lives. We want to have a logical explanation for our decisions and be able to give a rational reason to someone that asks it of us. Can you imagine Abram’s family? Can you imagine his neighbors as he prepared to leave town? He had no logical, rational answers to give them. What Abram had was clear direction from God. What Abram had was the full assurance that God’s direction was best. What Abram had was faith. He believed God, and so he went looking for a city. Not an earthly city, but a heavenly city. Because Abram was looking for a heavenly city, he was able to leave the things of his life behind him and do something seemingly foolish and inexplicable. We need to cultivate the perspective and confidence of Abram. We need to look for the heavenly things, willing to forsake the things of this earth to follow the clear commands of God. “Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.”

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