“By faith Abraham … looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:8, 10).
“And Isaac dwelt in Gerar” (Genesis 26:6).
Names in Scripture often have important significance. The name Gerar means “sojourning,” or “temporary.” Isaac’s home here was only temporary. He, like his father Abraham, and along with many Old Testament saints, was looking for a permanent home away from this world. How about us? Are we living in view of leaving this world at any moment to live eternally in the Father’s house with our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ? Do we dwell in tents (figuratively-speaking), or are we digging our roots so deep in this world that it’ll hurt to leave it?
May we each live by faith, young people, and look for our home in heaven where all the troubles of this life will be shut out. The Lord has promised, “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2-3). It may be today!