“By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God” (Hebrews 11:9-10).
Harvey was a strange little man. At least that is what the townsfolk thought of him. He lived very simply without many of the luxuries of life. When folks spoke to Harvey, it didn’t take long for them to hear the often repeated message, “This world is not my home. I’m just a-passing through. My treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue!” While others worked several jobs to pay for their big houses, swimming pools, beautiful cars, and many of the things this world has to offer, Harvey lived for the Lord and trusted Him fully, just as did Abraham. Even though the Lord promised Abraham the entire land, and even though Abraham became a very wealthy man, his roots were not deep in this old world. He continued to look for that city which has foundations whose Builder and Maker is God. What a good lesson for us today. We better not get our roots too deep in this old world. It is not our home.
For today: That little chorus that Harvey used to share is good for us as well. There’s nothing wrong with our material possessions. The problem comes when our materials possess us!