Please read Hebrews 11:1-16 again.
“Strangers and pilgrims.” Strangers are those who are out of their own country in a foreign land: pilgrims, sojourners only for a time; not intending to take up their permanent residence, or to become citizens in that country.
It is also speaking of those that had been mentioned: “Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Sarah.” It does not mean that they died in the exercise or possession of their faith, but that they died not being in possession of the object of their faith. They had been looking for something in the future, which they did not obtain during their lifetime, and died believing that it would be theirs.
“On the earth. “This could mean on the land of Canaan, but Paul evidently uses it in a larger sense as meaning the earth in general.”
As we said in the introduction, success is not always what one might imagine; in fact, a report given many years ago and still true today proved it takes: 5% information, 30% perspiration, 65% inspiration. In other words, it is not what you know, but how you apply what you already know, and how much desire you have to accomplish your goal.
These men were driven by DESIRE, not by outside forces.
DESIRE GAVE THEM SIGHT!
“Having seen them afar off.” We too are only strangers and Pilgrims on earth. Faith looks to the future. Anyone can go back into the world; if satisfied with things in the world, but the child of God by faith goes onward to a better country.
We often feel like failures: John the Baptist did not feel worthy to tie the shoe latched of Jesus. But, Jesus said of John the Baptist, “never was a man as this man.”
We must see the goal or fulfilled promises by faith. The devil is trying to get our eyes off the goal. Sometimes DESIRE is all we have, but we must see it and then others will.