LOOKING FORWARD! (Part #4) 8-24-2014

posted Aug 28, 2014, 12:51 PM by Dale Barnes

“For our light affliction, which but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things that are seen, but the things which are not seen.  For the things that are seen are temporary, but the things that  are unseen are eternal.” (2 Co.4:17-18 NKJ)

It is so easy to be engrossed in the momentary, especially if it is difficult, challenging or very glamorous.  They often grab and hold our undivided attention; even leading us away from the worthwhile things that God offers.  Things seem overwhelming to us. Yet, the apostle calls them light afflictions, and they are short lived.  He compares them to the great eternal work God is doing in and through us. They are so tiny compared to the Glory of God’s eternal kingdom, that is yet to be revealed in its fulness, they are so small.

How can we gaze on the eternal unseen things and keep a proper perspective?  The big keys are fellowship, prayer and the scriptures.  It is so important to take time to fellowship with God through consistent times of prayer, worship and the Bible. You see this in the life of Jesus and the early church. Setting aside a daily time with Christ, gives Him opportunity to reveal and remind us of the valuable things of life.  Fellowship with others, who desire to know and walk with God, can also be very enlightening and encouraging.


Seeing the Unseen! This is a continual challenge in a world that is constantly emphasizing the things that are temporary in value and existence. I have found a consistent “quiet time” with Lord Jesus Christ; a quiet time of Praise, prayer and scripture, a necessity to steady me in my Christian life, and reminded me of the unseen, eternal things of God.