For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
II Corinthians 4:17-18 NIV
Duke is going to spend the night at a friend’s house. We are going away for two nights and he is moving in with pals Seneca and Ralph. He has never spent the night away from home and has never been alone more than four hours at a time.
Duke’s excellent adventure is causing anxiety and stress in the household. It might not seem like it now but these troubles are light and temporary afflictions in the course of a lifetime.
II Corinthians talks about troubles that are momentary considering the glory that awaits us in heaven. Paul tells us to focus not on what is seen because that is temporary. What we can’t see is eternal and should be where we set our sights.
It isn’t much fun to think that the life we take so seriously is temporary. James 4:14 tells us, “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” Psalm 144:4 says, “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.” Before we get too depressed and start reading Ecclesiastes, remember the scripture is pointing us to eternity. It is giving us a hope for the future that far outweighs the temporary troubles we have today.
God loves you enough to breathe life into you. He created you in His image and for his glory. He has a plan and a path for you to walk here on earth. A plan to follow him. He wants you to focus on the eternal and trust him with the temporary. Our prayer should be, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).
Live each day to the fullest, knowing that it is a gift from God. Hope in the future because he is preparing a place for you where you will abide with him forever. Don’t sweat the small stuff because it is a light and momentary affliction. God knows; God cares; and God will see you through it all. Fix your eyes on what is unseen; your eternal home.