Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


June 8, 2009

Where we are today may be great, meaningful, comfortable, but the truth is, it's still not quite home. Not all is well, even if all is pretty good.

People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have have opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one.

- Hebrews 11:114-16 TNIV

There's a reason we often ponder the grass being greener on the other side of the fence. Because we know the grass isn't completely green on this side of the fence. Living by faith is the over-arching theme of Hebrews 11. Living by faith also rests on a reality that in our spiritual being we're not quite satisfied. To be sure, sin causes us to attempt to fix that dissatisfaction by inappropriate and ineffective means. But there's an innate dissatisfaction in the human condition. Where we live today just isn't quite right, it's just not quite home. We're longing for a better country.

An ol' blues song cries out, almost like the Psalmist, "There must be a better world somewhere." This is not an excuse for us to turn to escapism, but a summons to a reality check. There's something more than this, something better yet, and it's ahead in faith.

Dale Patterson