“Take your concerns to God about the troubles of life and make an internal shift to look at your life through your spiritual eyes to the promise and hope of eternity.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 15, 2022
For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
Sometimes it can be difficult to know how to respond when we look around and disasters are happening and evil looks like it’s winning. Sometimes it’s difficult not to allow the temporal troubles of earth to affect our peace.
In 2 Corinthians 4:18 Paul describes what our response should be to these difficulties: look through the trouble to what lasts forever.
“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.”
In this passage, Paul was obviously not saying we should fix our physical eyes on what can’t be seen, because that would be impossible. Instead, he is saying we should focus our internal, spiritual eyes on the eternal.
Paul talked about these inner eyes we all possess when he wrote to the Ephesians, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.” (Ephesians 1:18) We have two sets of eyes: those in our head and those in our heart.
The eyes in your head help you see what’s going on around you; the eyes in your heart help you to see “through” what’s going on around you to see the eternal end game.
In the original Greek language, the word for the phrase “fixing our eyes” is skopeo and it means to look toward an object, contemplate, to give attention to: literally, to spy out.
When you look at the world around you, the war, the hatred, the killing, the self-promotion, pride, deception, and horror, do you see only with your physical eyes, or do you see with the eyes of your heart? Do you only see despair and hopelessness? Or are you looking toward eternity and the One who is invisible but faithful, loving, sovereign, and entirely good?
The biggest struggles we face now are temporary; but the purity and goodness of eternity will last forever. This too shall pass.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
Lord, please help me to keep my spiritual eyes firmly fixed on you. You will steady me and eventually take me Home where I will live with you forever. How I praise You!
Take your concerns to God about the troubles of life and make an internal shift to look at your life through your spiritual eyes to the promise and hope of eternity.
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