"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 Cor. 4:18, ESV
Several days ago, God taught me that to truly apply this verse, I need to read the verse ahead of it, verse 17. I had always wondered about "what is seen" and "what is unseen" whenever I came across v. 18 while reading a book or in a magazine or hearing it in a sermon. (God knows our thoughts.) So what is seen? Verse 17 says it's our light and momentary troubles (light and momentary when taking eternity into consideration). What is unseen? The eternal glory being achieved for us. (In another place, Paul says "the eternal glory that far outweighs them all".) So we stop focusing on our troubles but instead focus on the glory being achieved for us by our going through those troubles. God is working for us. It's a glorious work! He is in our midst. Our part is to cling to Him and let Him work--focusing on worshiping, adoring, and abiding in His love through Jesus Christ our Lord. If we will "fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith" as we go through the seasons of our life, we will have a glorious testimony to share while on this earth and when we get to heaven. We may not do this perfectly, but when we see our focus on Jesus waning, we can readjust our sights. We don't let the devil keep us down through condemnation. With Christ's help and by the grace of God, we will rise again.Thank you, Lord!