One of the results of living in a faith relationship with God is that this world takes on a different meaning for us. Abraham was willing to live in tents, in a foreign land, because he was not looking for all his desires to be fulfilled in this world, but in the world to come, a world that God was building for him (vv.9-10). He was willing to let go of security and comforts in order to follow God, wherever He was leading him.
People who do not live in faith are pushed to make the things of this world be the sole source of all their hopes and dreams. They need to have “great lives” here and now, for, after all, you only go around once in life. But faith in God means that we throw out the “you only go round once in life” idea altogether. Rather than focusing on our hopes and dreams in this life, we can give all over to God, put Him first, and follow His lead. We do this knowing that God will give us whatever blessing He wants us to have, and that our real joy, is not in this life, but in the next.
Every child of God is called to live the life of faith like Abraham did, looking toward that future city that God Himself is building for us! May we have the wisdom and courage to live the life of faith, even this very day!