Nate S.

Self Starter
2002-09-03 18:13:58 (UTC)

If you're a Hebrew and you know it clap your hands!

I hear often the cry of the youth of our nation, and of
many adults-they are looking for a home, belonging,
something that makes sense, they are in search of a better
place, they don’t feel they fit in with the world around
them; I think they’re right. I saw a bumper sticker on the
back of a car the other day. It read something like: “Just
because I am wandering, doesn’t mean I’m lost.” It was
stuck neatly adjacent to a Darwin fish-the one with legs.
The first impression I got from this was a direct message
to Christians-I am choosing to wander, not lost and
therefore do not need to be found. Christians have certain
terminology, lost souls, wandering souls; labels we tend to
use to categorized the lost- those that need to be found,
saved. This sticker didn’t offend me; I kind of chuckled
inside- today after reading Hebrews, I related.
I wander! I can’t say we all do. I think people can
get quiet content with where they are and will refuse to
move or even think there is something better waiting for
them. God loves the people who wander; they are looking for
a land of their own, a country and for those who believe-a
heavenly country. Hebrews chapter 11 verses 13-16 looks
like this:

“13 All these people were still living by faith
when they died. (In the previous passage the author
explains many Old Testament figures and how they lived
their lives by faith and their rewards- if any.) They did
not receive the things promised; they only saw them and
welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted they were
aliens and strangers on earth. 14People who say such things
show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15If
they had been thinking of the country they had left, they
would have had opportunity to return. 16Instead, they were
longing for a better country-a heavenly one. Therefore God
is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared
a city for them.”

What hits me the most is verse 16. I’ve been feeling lost
lately. It is easy to do in this world. I try to identify
with certain scenes, styles of music, they way I dress or
even the words I choose to use (people use all of these to
gauge so-called “scene points!”) The fact is-they are
wandering. And the best part of verse 16 is “Therefore God
is NOT ashamed to be called their God,” that is if you are
wandering towards his heavenly country. Faith sticks out
like a sore thumb in Hebrews Chapter 11. God desires faith
in us. Faith believes in that which has been promised,
faith is often blind and that is what god wants. He wants
us to be wandering with faith-faith in his heavenly
country. Wanderers are good, they’re great; they just need
a direction.

My last point, Hebrews describes the persecution of those
who live by faith. In verses 37-38 it describes many of the
tortures they faced: stoning, being sawed in two, death by
a sword, flogging, imprisonment, etc. The last sentence in
verse 38 gives hope and is quite remarkable. Though these
people, who lived by faith, were cast off and the world
made them destitute-verse 38 says; “The world was not
worthy of them.” Not every figure in the old testament was
rewarded with earthly wealth, pleasures, health or
longevity; that seemed up to the luck of the draw, the only
difference with those who lived by faith and those who
didn’t-those that lived by faith new where they were going.
Do you live by faith? Is Christ the destination in your
life? If so, the world is not worthy of you.

-Nathaniel Stiers