Things Unseen

2 Corinthians 4:16–18 (NIV)

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

This world has a way of beating us up on a daily basis. Life comes at us fast and furious, then you add the attack from the enemy and it is the perfect recipe to take quite a toll on our outward appearance. Does it feel like you jump from trial to trial? Do you feel attacked constantly? You are not alone, we definitely should be facing these trials together, but we also should be facing these trials with an understanding of the ultimate outcome.

On the outside, we may have bags under our eyes, there may be a new wrinkle or two, the gray hairs may be starting to poke through more and more, but on the inside, the Lord is telling us we are being renewed day by day. While I certainly do not like trials and I wish I led that perfect storybook-life, trials have brought me to this place of great faith in the Lord’s plan for my life. I am not all that sure I would have come to this place without the trials I have faced. It is easy to get excited about the positive things the Lord does to shape our lives, it’s not so encouraging when we are head deep in a trial. But, if we face the trial knowing He has a purpose in it, we can endure and see the positive through the negative on the other end. I encourage you to think about the trials you may have faced in the recent past, have they not led to a deeper trust and faith in the Lord? my guess is they probably have.

I hate to keep bringing up the length of our life compared to eternity, but, it is a much-needed reminder for myself anyway. We truly live short lives, Matthew explaining it as only a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away in Matthew 4:14. No matter what the world throws at us, no matter the trial, the time we spend on earth is but a vapor. What we must do is place our focus not on the earthly trial but the eternal reward.

I have never enjoyed running, it really is not very exciting to me. So when I work out I have to set my sight to the end, knowing that the exercise is good for me. I do that lap after lap. Do not get me wrong, I am not trying to hide behind my writing as a highly conditioned athlete, there is certainly room to improve, I am simply saying when I do work out a few times a year this is how I approach it. Anyway… there is a garage at the end of the track I usually run on, I pass that garage and set my sight on passing it again and again until I have finished my workout. I think that is the same way we must approach each trial in life, we must look towards our eternal reward to make it through the trials of this life, knowing the Lord is using each trial to bring us closer and closer to Him!

Closing Thoughts:

Do you allow trials to separate you from our Father or do you allow them to build your faith and solidify your trust? If we are setting our focus on the eternal the trials of this life do not seem so bad. Set your eye on His promise.

1 John 2:25 (NKJV)

25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.

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