10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
10 for he [Abraham] waited for the city which has foundations,
Abraham lived in tents, which do not have foundations. He never lived in a city. He was a constant nomad. No wonder he looked forward to a city with stability.
whose builder [architect] and maker is God [emphatic].
Abraham also “waited” for God to fulfill His ultimate promise—heaven. He looked beyond his present situation to a glorious future. It was a future where God was the “builder” or architect. “Architect” implies a Planner who thinks through each part and integrates each part with another. God not only planned this city, but He built it as well.
There is greater stability of value than material things.
Although the land of Canaan was given to Abraham as his permanent possession (Ge 12:7), he considered himself a stranger and pilgrim (He 11:13). He acknowledged that he was in a foreign land and that his ultimate city was in eternity (Php 3:20).
There is greater stability in something other than material things. Faith in God’s provisions sees something more than solidity in material things. There is a different standard of value than gathering things on earth. Christians look forward to our eternal home where there is no more pain or suffering, where there is rich fellowship with God.
Christians look forward to an eternal city (He 12:22, 28; 13:14; Re 21:2, 10). The city without foundation is the eternal Jerusalem (Re 21:2, 9–27). Abraham longed for a land that would function within God’s order, where the Messiah would reign as King in world peace.
Waiting is an important aspect of faith. The basis for waiting on God is the hope that rests by faith in God’s promises. Parents may pray for many years and not see their rebel child come to faith. God answers prayer in His timing. That is why it is important to wait (Jas 5:7-8).