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
You know, the Fourth of July is a fun time, fireworks, parades, grilling out with family and friends and celebrating the birth of a nation all at the same time. Yet, I can’t help but pause and remember that this country with all of its joys and its flaws as well is not at all comparable to the wondrous place that God has prepared for us. We live in view of a much better country. In fact, no country on this earth can hope to compete with the amazing joy of living in God’s country. In fact, we even get a little taste of it as we serve and obey Him here on this earth. This is what it means when Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is at hand. It is here and now for those who trust and obey the King of Kings. Do you know Him?