“as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.”
Consider your circumstances, and look at them today in the light of something much greater.
Christ laid down His life with a holy purpose, with such love and compassion for so sinful a people. He purchased with His blood such glorious life, securing for us such marvelous, heavenly riches, that when forgiven sinners like us look back to that cross and forward to that Heaven, circumstances in life seem to fade.
Ask yourself these three questions?
– Is this “thing” an eternal weight, or temporal? How long can it really last?
– Am I looking more to what is “seen” or what is “unseen.”
– What is my affliction, compared to what Christ endured for my sake?
From this vantage point alone, hard circumstances not only become manageable, but purposeful. Life is hard, but we were never promised that it wouldn’t be. Instead, we were promised on good authority (The King of the universe) that life would be impossible without Him. “For without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) Life becomes possible in Jesus, but once you have that life in Him, you must keep both eyes on Him. Remember, what you cannot see is the eternal stuff. It’s what all of your circumstances (the seen) are working to enhance by comparison. So, Look. Make the comparison.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 – So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.