“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Seeing the Unseen
(Please read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
“If I lose heaven, I have lost everything.” That’s true for anybody, but to the dear old woman who was talking, it was doubly true. The only room in her house was probably no bigger than your living room. She was all alone and had suffered many misfortunes. She had always been poor, and obviously she still was. So if she missed heaven, she would have missed happiness both here and hereafter.
But still, she was happy in a way. She loved the Lord and was confident that she had much to look forward to. She didn’t begrudge what she had missed or covet the nice things that others took for granted. She seemed a little impatient with the fleshly state and anxious to go on to something better.
Her situation appeared to fit almost exactly what Paul had in mind in our text when he encouraged the Corinthians not to lose heart because of their afflictions. He went on to say, “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” (NIV).
Maybe it’s weakness of faith that causes us sometimes to concentrate on material things and neglect the eternal. Faith, you know, is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” We can hardly be expected to look at things we do not see unless we are convinced that they are really there. So we need eyes of faith with which to contemplate the things that matter most, those that are “eternal.”