And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look
from the place where you are—north ward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land
which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.’’
In late summer the migration of the monarch butterfly occurs. If you're in the right place at the
right time, you can see hundreds of them clinging to tree limbs and shrubbery as the flock
journeys to a remote mountain site in central Mexico. Scientists have found 16 of these sites,
ranging from one to ten acres each, within a 100-mile radius, where millions of butterflies from
North America spend the winter.
No one knows how butterflies find their way there. Each generation that migrates is new and has
never been there before. Yet something programmed into their tiny bodies directs them to a place
they have never seen, but is a home they instinctively know they must find.
The Jews have the same attitude toward their homeland of Israel, and it all began with Abraham.
God gave him a plot of land—not just to this Jewish patriarch, but to his "descendants forever."
Even though they are now spread throughout the world, Jews still long to return to this small
oasis. For some, it's just for a visit; for others, it's to start life over again. But for Jews, wherever
they may live, Israel is home.
That same instinct for home should burn in the hearts of Christians. For us, home is not a country
on earth; it's a destination called heaven. While Abraham and his descendants were promised a
land, all who receive Jesus Christ as Savior are promised an eternal dwelling place (John 14:2),
Take comfort in the thought that you have a home in heaven. Each day brings you closer to
home—not to visit but to live. God has reserved a dwelling place that will fulfill the deepest
longing of your heart. Rejoice!
HEAVEN IS MORE THAN A CITY; IT'S A HOME.