Designed and Built by God

Friday, January 13, 2017

Designed and Built by God

Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.—Hebrews 11:10

Think for a moment about cities you’ve visited. Certain cities have unique qualities, don’t they? For example, Jerusalem, a city with so much biblical history, is a beautiful place at sunset. There’s a golden hue to it. Cities also have certain restaurants, stores, activities, and entertainment that are exclusive to them.

Heaven, too, is a city, and it is unique. The Bible tells us that it’s a city “with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God” (Hebrews 11:10).

A while ago our church was working on a new building. We had an architect, and we looked at the plans and walked through the building. Then we submitted the plans to the city, and the city sent them back with revisions. We sent them back again, and eventually they were approved. Then the builders came in and followed the plans the architect had laid down.

The Bible says that heaven is a city and that God is the architect and builder. So when I think of heaven, I think of a real city. I don’t know why some people imagine heaven as a cloud where we sit and pluck away at harps. That description isn’t in the Bible. But is it possible that we could have things in heaven that earthly cities do? My answer is, why not? Maybe we will. Maybe we won’t. But I do know this much: whatever heaven will be like, it will be great.

C. S. Lewis described earth as the shadowlands, because earth is a shadow of the real thing. Earth is a pale version of heaven, not the other way around. Heaven is the original. Earth is the copy.

Compared to whatever city you may have visited or lived in, even if it was the best city imaginable, heaven will be far better.

Dig Deeper:

Today’s Radio Program
“Why Does God Allow Trials in the Life of the Believer?–2”
This Week’s TV Program
“God’s Plan for Sex and Marriage”
Today’s Bible Reading
Genesis 31-33; Luke 13

This week, we’ve been focusing our attention on heaven in these daily devotions. I hope you’ve enjoyed them. There’s more to come next week! If you’ve missed any so far, you can catch up or share this series with a friend who would like to learn more about heaven: www.harvest.org/devotions-and-blogs/daily-devotions/heaven »

Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.

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