All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth – Hebrews 11:13 NIV.
One of the pastors in church once said even if God doesn’t fulfill His promises He would still worship and serve Him. This really challenged me because it made me realize that some of us may be faithful because we are expectant of what God has promised, and this motivates us to persevere during challenges and trials. What would happen if we don’t receive these promises? Would our faith and faithfulness stand the test?
The above scripture shows these believers realized their citizenship is not of this world so it didn’t change their confession when these promises didn’t manifest in the physical. They rejoiced because they knew they are not of this world and so their focus was on heavenly things, things that unseen (eternal) and not on those that are seen (temporary).
As Christians our minds should be set on things above and not on earthly things (Colossians3:2). Preoccupation with heavenly things makes you not to worry about earthly desires and removes pressure that society puts on us to “succeed “. Their measure of success is on earthly accomplishments and ours is on heavenly rewards (Matthew 5:11-12).”So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever,” 2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT.