by Kristen C. Strocchia
“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place that he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” Hebrews 11:8-10
Unlike his predecessors, Enoch and Noah, who walked with God, Abraham walked before Him–in front of/before His eyes. And God called him to walk blameless before Him [Genesis 17:1].
Tall order from a perfect, holy God.
By faith, though–absolute certainty in the inheritance he could not see–Abraham gave up his earthly father’s inheritance to accept the land that God promised to him. A land that Abraham had never seen. A land where he was a complete stranger. A land where he never settled down to live in more than a tent for his whole life. And neither did his son or grandson after him, because they became heirs of a promise to come rather than an earthly inheritance.
Why did Abraham pack up his wife and all his earthly possessions to become a wanderer in a foreign land? Because he intellectually accepted that there’s more to this life–more to this world–than the human condition. He believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness [Galatians 3:6].
This faith was credited to Abraham, just as belief in Jesus is the believer’s righteousness.
It made absolutely no earthly sense for Abraham to leave his father’s wealth and inherit a nomadic life in a tent. Just as believing that God sent His son, Jesus, to die for our sins and living our life for Him makes absolutely no sense by the world’s standards today. But scripture affirms that, “we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles,” [1 Corinthians 1:23]. To anyone who is not a Christian, it doesn’t make sense.
But when people despise us, mock us, reject us for our faith, it is because they are doing these things to our Lord Jesus Christ, to God the Father Himself. As the songwriter once wrote, this world is not my home, I’m only passing through. Abraham pitched a tent for life, the eyes of his faith firmly rooted in God’s promised land. We pitch our tent by keeping the things of life in a proper, heavenly perspective.
Are you tenting for Jesus?