2 Corinthians 4:17-18 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Jesus sugarcoated nothing.
What do you see when you check out the news and hear reports of social and racial unrest? What do you see when you read about the barrage of fearful warnings on the coronavirus? All of this can unsettle our minds and hearts. If we’re not careful, it can cause overwhelming fear and anxiety.
We understand the world is in turmoil. Jesus sugarcoated nothing. He told us in John 16:33 – that we would have tribulation in this world. The church seems shocked by the current climate of events. Instead, many believers are taking their cues from the world, not perceiving the events of today from the perspective of God.
Even Paul acknowledges this. We will go through some tough times. For certain we will endure afflictions and sufferings, whether in our personal life or the world. But here’s the thing, compared to what we’ll experience in eternity, this is lightweight.
Look through the lens of Scripture
Friends, we’re in a pivotal time in church history where we’re seeing the Scriptures unfold more and more. With that unfolding, it’s imperative we stay the course and look through the lens of scripture. Let’s not become frightened or focus our attention on what is visible.
Paul reassured the believers in 2 Corinthians 4 to not become faint of heart. What we observe happening around us is temporary, compared to what God has for us. Things that are invisible have eternal significance in the Kingdom of God.
Jesus stated there are mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven revealed only to those who know Him. The world does not recognize Him or understand how the Kingdom of God operates. We do.
We can’t allow our hearts to be dull of hearing and our eyes of understanding to become dim concerning the world that we live in.
In this season of trials, tribulations, and testings we need to keep our “spiritual” eyes and ears open to what the Spirit of God wants to reveal and do through us.
PRAYER: Father, we ask that you keep our spiritual eyes and ears in tune to what You say. Let our minds and hearts stay on you as we're kept in Your perfect peace. In Jesus' name!