“These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.” (Hebrews 11:13-16)
These verses are a part of the “Hall of Faith” chapter in Hebrews 11. It is in the middle of the chapter and is kind of an aside to the description of the the heroes of faith in the Old Testament. Those in the Old Testament lived by faith of the hope that was to come. That hope was fulfilled in Jesus. They didn’t get to see that hope fulfilled on Earth in their lifetime but they trusted God and had faith.
Let us have that kind of faith. Let us trust in that kind of hope. We serve the same God. Let us remember that our home is not here and now but that God is preparing a home for us together with Him.