Heb.11:9,10 – By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
This verse describes the tension or the unseen elephant in the room that we deal with on a pretty much daily basis. We see the seeds of this struggle in Abraham’s nephew Lot. He wanted the best land when he split with Abraham. His problem was his heart was on the earthly city (or kingdom) and he ended up being caught in the drama of Sodom and Gomorrah. He barely escaped the Sodom catastrophe by angelic intervention simply because he was Abraham’s nephew. The same struggle was evident in Babel. Mankind was trying to unify to further the earthly kingdom with absolutely no allegiance to the plan of God. This had disaster written all over it. The outcome was absolutely “Babel”, a place of total confusion. Abraham was not like any of the above. He had his heart set the unseen city. He had chosen to live his life as an outcast from man’s world and to set his eyes and his heart on the City of God. Here is how Adam Clarke explains this.
“For he looked for a city which hath foundations. He knew that earth could afford no permanent residence for an immortal mind, and he looked for that heavenly building of which God is the architect and owner; in a word, he lost sight of earth, that he might keep heaven in view. And all who are partakers of his faith possess the same spirit, walk by the same rule, and mind the same thing.”
So that brings us to you and me in our circumstances right now. It feels as if we are living in a time where the governments of the earth are beginning to fall under that Babel spell once again. Everything is about the unity of mankind without submitting to the Fatherhood of God. Now more than ever we have to resist the spirit of the world, the spirit of antichrist, and fix our heart and our mind on the coming City of God. I feel like a new passionate church is about to emerge on the scene. Set you eyes on the City of God and come out of Sodom.