We are hanging onto a promise. Over and over Scripture talks about the promises given to Abraham and how many years he had to wait to see those promises fulfilled. He needed faith and hope to continue on believing the promises. (Gen. 12:3; cf. Gen. 15:5; 18:18; 22:18) God made to him.
While I doubt any of us have been promised something so enormous by God in this life, we all as believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ have put our hope in something we cannot see.
For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. Romans 8:24-25
We are waiting for our homecoming, our entrance into heaven and God’s glorious presence. Our admission into glory is fully dependent upon our relationship with Christ. Our hopes are pinned to the hem of His royal robe. It takes great faith to believe these things.
I once heard a pastor say, “The fight for faith begins in the mind.” That is so important to understand! The mind has to be continuously focused on truth, and the gospel and preaching to self or we will be knocked off the path into the thorns of doubt and confusion.
The mind has to be renewed by His Word and our thoughts have to be centered on how our actions and words can bring Him glory. Otherwise we will be living for ourselves and living as functional idolaters.
We must never, ever try to move beyond Jesus. He is the promise, He is all there is, He is complete, He is sufficient, He is enough!