Hey, “This world is not my home! I’m only passing through…”

This world is not my homeJust gotta say… Sometimes old gospel songs just have a way of capturing Biblical truth! It happened this morning during my Bible reading in my time of “coffee with the Lord!”

The Bible records a wonderful promise and covenant God made with the “Father of faith” – Abram who later was named Abraham…

“Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’” (Genesis 12:1–3)

And then in Genesis 15 you find God’s covenant and promise confirmed with these words: “The Lord brought Abram outside and said, ‘Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.’ Then He said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be!’ And he believed the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness. And He said to him, ‘I am the Lord who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess… On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, ‘To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites the Gergashites and the Jebusites.’” (vss. 5-6, 18-20)

There it is… The promise that Abraham would become a great nation of people and what we refer to as “the Holy Land.” And yet, when Abraham died he had only one son, Isaac, and the only land he owned was a burial plot for his wife! What’s the deal? Is God true to His promises – does He fulfill them?

And then this morning I read these words in Hebrews 11…

“These all died in faith, NOT having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth! People who speak thus make it clear they are seeking a homeland… 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!” (vss. 13-16)

Oh, and the gospel song that says it all?

“This world is not my home I’m just a passing through
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore!
Oh Lord you know I have no friend like you
If heaven’s not my home then Lord what will I do?
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore!”

You hear me… God keeps His promises! Sometimes, though, they reach beyond the here and now, and are fulfilled in the eternal future! Keep believing!!!

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