So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. – (2 Corinthians 4:18, NLT)
So we think about what we cannot see, not what we see. What we see only lasts a short time, and what we cannot see will last forever. – (2 Corinthians 4:18, ERV)
So we do not set our sights on the things we can see with our eyes. All of that is fleeting; it will eventually fade away. Instead, we focus on the things we cannot see, which live on and on. – (2 Corinthians 4:18, VOICE)
Although the struggles we face in the here and now can often feel unending, they are but the blink of an eye, in comparison to all of eternity. Our hope is held not in what we see right now, but rather in the hope we know through Christ. What we have in Christ is eternal, and His promises and goodness do not end. The troubles of this life will all one day pass away, but the love and grace of God will remain. Heaven awaits all who trust in Him, and the sweetness of what our Savior has prepared for us, far surpasses anything that we can even begin to imagine. May we hold fast to the hope that our hearts know but do not yet see, and release that which we cannot control in the here and now. Let every heart focus on the Eternal, rather than that which is fleeting and will soon fade away.
Let’s not fix our eyes,
on what comes today;
but rather look up,
ahead to hope’s stay.
For what we see now,
will soon fade away;
but what is not seen,
will last for always.
The Lord is our hope,
in Him we can trust;
all our tomorrows,
for He’s God with us.
What He has prepared,
far greater than this;
look not to what’s now,
trust in being His.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we need not focus on what is seen, but rather on that which is not. Thank You that our hope is held in the truth that we know in You, not in what we see and experience in the here and now. Thank You that all the trials will one day fade away, and what awaits forever, far outweighs any struggles that we face today. Forgive us for not maintaining an eternal perspective when we face trials of any kind. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would hold fast to the hope that we know we have forever in You. Lead us to lay down our burdens at Your feet, allowing You to carry the things that we are not meant to carry. Show us how to love one another in such a way, that others too, may see with their hearts, rather than merely what their eyes view in the present. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen with our eyes, but rather must be felt with a faithful heart. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
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Great post. Eternity. What a concept! I just started reading a book called Eternity I borrowed from our church library. It’s by Joseph Stowell. He’s also addressing our need to develop an eternal perspective as our primary perspective. Very interesting so far. And so is your post. I’ll let you know more as I read the book if you’re interested. I’m sure there’s a blog or two in those pages. Thanks for sharing these provocative thoughts, Shannon. Always a blessing to me. God bless.