By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. Hebrews 11:8–10
What are you looking forward to during the coming school year? For me, this will be my senior year. I’m looking forward to finally graduating and heading off to college, where I plan to study agriculture. Considering that I’ve lived in the suburbs of St. Louis most of my life, that might seem like an interesting career choice, but I’ve always wanted to be a farmer. Just ask my preschool teacher—I insisted that those crayons that the rest of you simply called “green” were actually “John Deere Green.” I’m not driving my own green John Deere tractor yet, but one day I will.
The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is often called the “By Faith” chapter. In this chapter, the author of Hebrews recounts the stories of Old Testament people trusting God and living by faith. These people of faith include well-known names like Abraham, Isaac, Moses, and more. These Old Testament saints lived with the promise of the coming Savior. None of them lived to see the promise; rather, they lived by faith, looking forward to the future.
You and I are blessed to live knowing that our Savior has already come. His victory won for us on the cross and His bodily resurrection is a reality. We don’t have to live hoping for the future—our future is assured. Our heavenly home awaits, given by faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, through Your death and resurrection my future is sure. Thank You for the gift of faith given at my Baptism. Help me to live as Your redeemed child. Amen.
Luke Sengele—NYG Participant—Good Shepherd Lutheran, Collinsville, IL
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