40 Days of Faith
"And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out,
they would have had opportunity to return."
A hymn writer once wrote: "Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; prone to leave the God I love. Here's my heart, O, take and seal it; seal it for Thy courts above." This journey of faith can grow long and difficult. There are days where we are tired and worn. It seems that the hope of a promised land has turned into the reality of a barren wilderness. When these moments come in our lives, there is a tendency to look for an easier way or even look back to where we came with a false idea of what it really was.
The children of Israel murmured against Moses in the wilderness and wished that they were back in Egypt eating from the abundance of the land. However, if you remember, they were actually the slaves of the Egyptians. Life wasn't good there at all. Our mind has a way of making where we came from nostalgic and wonderful when it was nothing like that in reality. Sometimes we think how nice it would be to hang out with the old crowd again and not feel the "pressures" of living righteously that comes with being a child of God.
These "heroes" of the faith made a decision to not look back. They were on a journey for a new country and a homeland where God Himself abides. They desired no opportunity to walk back into the cares and allurements of this present world. They were looking for something by faith that was far greater than any thing this world could offer them. No matter what there was to entice them in this world, it had no comparison to the joy that lay before them. The security of their soul could not be found in their present circumstances, but it could be only realized in the presence of the Almighty.
A true believer has but one desire, and it is the better country. They live with a heavenly mind and think on the eternal. Why should we digress into the enchantments and pleasures of this world when God has something greater prepared for us? As we look back on the journey of our lives, do we see a plodding forward no matter what may come or a falling back into the land of familiar and pleasure?
May you keep your eyes on that Country today!