A Better Country

But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

[Hebrews 11:16]

The American ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have been the bedrock of this great nation. A government represented by the people and for the people. A place where anything is possible, no matter who you are or from where you have come.

America has been a bastion of hope and beacon of light in a dark, oppressed world. Millions have sought refuge within her borders and have risked everything for the opportunity to get a second chance on life.

We call it the American dream — where the fairytale of rags to riches actually becomes reality.

I do not take this God-given privilege for granted. I understand how blessed and fortunate I am to have been born in America and to be able to raise my family in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And I also realize how quickly it all can be taken away.

Every great and powerful nation rises and eventually falls. No empire is immune to the disintegrating diseases of greed, immorality, corruption, ignorance, and apathy. Anyone with eyes to see knows that the United States is dangerously close to the edge of its own demise. And like most great nations, America will not fall to a more powerful enemy, but rather we will fall from within. For if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?

I can only pray that it doesn’t happen under my watch or in the days of my children or grandchildren.

Many believe tomorrow’s presidential election to be one of the most pivotal in the history of our nation, determining the course of our future and threatening to rip the social fabric of our land. Although it is easy to become slaves to the moment, I am convinced this election is the most important in my lifetime, and perhaps ever.

Whichever way it goes tomorrow, however, my mindset and mentality will not change. My purpose and passion will not change. My ministry and my mission will not change.

And that is because — as much as I love and appreciate this land I call home — at the end of the day, it is only a temporary, earthly home in which I am passing through. America is not my destination nor my ultimate desire, for God has prepared a better country for His people, and I am first a citizen of heaven.

For Abraham was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God … These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.

[Hebrews 11:10, 13-14]

As beautiful and blessed as America has been, it is but a pale shadow compared to the coming Kingdom of God, which Christ Himself has promised to all who believe in Him.

Believers must hold on loosely to this world and to the things of this world, for this world is not our home. As strangers and sojourners in a foreign land, we are but passing through, seeking our true home — a better home — whose designer and builder is God!

So regardless of who wins this election and where our country goes from here, I take great comfort and find peace in knowing that my eternal home will be with God in His kingdom and in the city of New Jerusalem, where righteousness dwells forever.

Hear me O child of God — the best is yet to come!

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3“If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4“And you know the way where I am going.” 5Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?”6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

[John 14:1-6]

Published by Marcus Walker Van Every

I am ... A sinner saved by the grace of God A son of my Heavenly Father A servant of the LORD Jesus Christ A husband to my beautiful bride Abigail A father of three amazing sons A son A brother An ambassador for the kingdom of God A herald of the good news A preacher of the gospel A shepherd of God's people A worship leader A Student of the Bible A surveyor of the prophetic word A co laborer in God's mission An apologist for the faith A chronicler of the times A writer A lover of music A singer/songwriter A coach A baseball purest A Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Cardinals fan

2 thoughts on “A Better Country

  1. I really loved this post. Well said. I encourage everyone with these scriptures.

    Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand”….

    Acts 17:28 “For in him I/we live and move and exist.”

    Hos 10:12  Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. 
    Grace and peace to you,
    Joyce

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