Have you ever been really homesick?
Read Hebrews 11:8-16
Our culture focuses on instant gratification but like Abraham we are called to a faith that obeys and perseveres even when we don’t see our faith immediately rewarded. God has not promised that the life of faith is easy and filled with immediate reward, but is one of persevering faith that believes God’s promises and looks forward to their fulfillment in the life to come.
How did Abraham demonstrate his faith? How are we demonstrating our faith?
In what ways do you feel a pull to instant gratification in your faith and prayers?
Is there something God has called you to do or a situation he has put you in which you don’t fully understand or see the purpose of? How do we thrive in these situations?
What does it mean to live as “strangers and exiles”? What might this look like for us?
What have you found to be helpful as you try to believe God’s promises when they don’t look like they’re coming true?