July 19, 2017

Eternal Optimist

Written by Boyd Bailey

 

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – July 19, 2017

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

Eternal optimists base their optimism on the eternal, not the temporal. The temporal is consumed with current circumstances, while the eternal experiences eternal security. The temporal is anxious about another adverse event, while the eternal is at peace with Providence. The temporal trusts what it can see, while the eternal trusts in the unseen. Do you glance at the temporal and gaze on the eternal? If so, you are an eternal optimist.

By faith, we see the Lord, who is unseen, and this compels us to obey Christ. Moses experienced this during a time of transition. “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). Your eternal optimism is what gives you the courage to carry on; so do not let temporal pessimists persuade you to lose heart. Stay fixed on your Savior, the author of your faith.

Eternal optimism exits when fear gets the upper hand. Fear seeks to flush out your faith as irresponsible and irrelevant. However, it is faith that keeps you grounded in God, the definer of reality. The righteous learn to live in the reality of the Lord’s love and leadership. Pain and striving are temporary, but healing and peace are eternal. You can be optimistic, knowing by faith you can be certain of the unseen.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).

Lastly, are you a temporal pessimist or an eternal optimist? Are you striving to survive or thriving to succeed? Look to the unseen, and you will one day understand. Engage with the Almighty’s agenda, your focus will be forever and your results eternally significant. Can your family and friends depend on you to be an eternal optimist? Your hopeful attitude in the eternal gives them reason to be optimists. Live and exclaim out loud:

“There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off” (Proverbs 23:18).

 

Prayer

Where is God calling me to see, with eyes of faith, the unseen, eternal optimism of Jesus?

Application

How does my attitude need to shift from a fearful pessimist to an eternal optimist?

Related Reading

Psalm 73:26; Isaiah 51:10–11; Matthew 6:21; John 6:27

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Comments

  1. Harriett Smith says:

    Thanks Boyd for this reminder to keep my eyes on Jesus and by faith keep an eternal perspective.
    Blessings to you my Brother,
    Harriett

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Harriet,
      Thank you! Your kind and encouraging words for Boyd will be such a blessing for him. Please know that he will read them and I know he will be thankful for them.
      Doesn’t our eternal perspective shine a brighter light on everything? Staying focused on our Lord and eternity has such a mighty impact on our earthly life.
      Boyd’s comparisons between the temporal and the eternal really reminds us of the “beauty” of the eternal perspective: eternal security, peace with Providence and trusting in the unseen. This blessed gift of eternal perspective changes how we look at everything in the day to day, don’t you think?
      Thank you Harriet, for your comments. We are grateful for you and look forward to hearing from you again soon.
      Enjoy this wonderful day!
      Gwynne
      “Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.” Hebrews 10:22


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