“People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them” ( Hebrews 11:14-16 )
What the world looks at as strange, God looks at with favor. As in the examples from the patriarchs, these men and women of faith gave up everything in pursuit of something better. They left family, comfort and familiarity in to chase after of the promise God. They looked forward in faith, not looking back, to give themselves the opportunity to return to what they left.
Because of this God was not ashamed to be called their God. In fact, He allowed the generations that followed to call these men of faith by His surname. Hence to be known and referred to as The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ( Exodus 3:6, 15, 4:5 ). This is amazing, that God aligned His name with these men because of their faith.
Admitting that they were strangers on earth freed them to pursue God by faith. Discounting the circumstances and what they left behind in hopes of a better life and a better future. And true to His word, God has prepared a city for them. They only needed to look forward in faith seeing what God had prepared so they would not become homesick and return to what they left.
In the same way, we too must look forward in faith to all that God has planned for us. We must disregard the pleasures of this world that we are leaving behind, in hopes of a better and brighter future. Just like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; God is not ashamed to be called our God and He is preparing a wonderful future for us. All we need to do is continue in faith believing God will remain true to His Word. He has planned a wonderful finish to this life and an amazing eternity with Him forever. What an amazing truth!