Our Dwelling Place (Hebrews 11:8)

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When Abraham was 75 years old, God called him to leave the land of his father. And so, advanced in years, he departed for the land of Canaan. He was rootless, homeless, “not knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8). That was the story of Abraham’s life.

Age brings change and uncertainty. It means transition from a familiar past to an uncertain future. It can mean movement from a family home to a smaller place, to a daughter’s home, to a retirement village, to a nursing homethe “final resort.” Like Abraham, some of us make our way from one location to another, always traveling and not knowing where we’re going.

Yet we can be at home in any dwelling, for our safekeeping lies not in the place where we live but in God Himself. We can dwell “in the secret place of the Most High” and “abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1). There, in His presence, under His wings, we find refuge (v. 4). The eternal God becomes our dwelling place (v. 9).

Though our dwelling place here on earth may be uncertain, God will be our companion and friend until our traveling days are over and we reach our heart’s true homeheaven. – David Roper

Someday my earthly house will fall –

I cannot tell how soon ‘twill be;

But this I know – my All in All

Has now a place in heaven for me. – Crosby

For the Christian, heaven is spelled H-O-M-E.

  • January 4, Vol. 14, Our Daily Bread
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