Heaven isn’t the End of our Lives – It is the Beginning

This devotion was originally written for the Chase Oaks Church website. Read the Devotion on the Chase Oaks website…..

Hebrews 11:8–16

“8By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.9By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;10for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.11By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.12Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendantsAS THE STARS OF HEAVEN IN NUMBERAND INNUMERABLE AS THE SAND WHICH IS BY THE SEASHORE.

13All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.14For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.15And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return.16But as it is, they desire a better country,that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.”

I’ll be honest with you; I always thought it was frustrating that Moses did not get to live in the land that God had promised to the Israelites. Instead, he died in Moab right before they crossed into the Promised Land. In my human mind, that seems like such a letdown and an anti-climactic end to Moses’ life.

Our Scripture today talks about Abraham and how faithful he was in following God’s commands—even to be willing to sacrifice his only son—and yet, Abraham also died before seeing all that God had promised him.

My humanness sees this as a letdown for both Abraham and Moses because my human mind cannot comprehend what God has promised us on the other side of death. God is preparing a city for us, a home, an eternal promised land, and it will be unlike anything we could possibly imagine here on earth.

Instead of it being a letdown that Abraham and Moses didn’t get to see the fulfillment of earthly promises, it is actually an amazing gift that they instead were allowed to cross over into the ultimate of God’s promises in all its unfathomable glory: heaven!

Think of the most beautiful place you have ever seen or experienced. Is it the peacefulness of an ocean breeze on a white sand beach? Or the serenity of a hike through the woods in the mountains? Heaven is the most beautiful place on earth times a million. Besides beauty, heaven is filled with joy, singing, laughter, and love. It is never interrupted by pain, suffering, tears, or heartbreak. My mind cannot wrap itself around what it must be like.

This summer, as you visit your favorite vacation spot, remember that you are only getting a tiny glimpse of what heaven will be. Remember, we are only visiting here because Jesus is preparing our true promised land for us in heaven. And what an amazing sight we will see when we get there!

Written by Diana Wells

Wife of Gerry, mother of Caleb, child of God.

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