Lastly, the writer describes these suffering believers as “wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth” (v. 38). They were wandering about because they have lost their permanent residence. They were persecuted up to the point of losing their dwelling. They were forced to wander about in far away places—in the deserts and mountains and dens and caves.
In v. 37, they have no permanent possessions. In v. 38, they have no permanent home. (Ellingworth) Isn’t that a biblical description of believers who walk by faith? By faith, we do not hold on to our possessions.
The Hebrew believers did not cling to their things. “You joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one” (Heb. 10:34). We feel sad after losing some money. Some girls have gone crazy after losing their boyfriends. Many people have lost their minds after losing their money. But these suffering believers joyfully accepted the loss of their property.
How can they have such an attitude? How can they be joyful over their loss? They had an attitude of faith regarding their possessions. By faith, they were willing to lose their temporal property, because they knew that they will receive an eternal one! By faith then, we should accept the loss of our possessions on earth. For we shall receive an eternal possession in heaven!