2 CORINTHIANS 4:18

Welcome back friends! Last week I kicked off the week’s posts with 1 Chronicles 16:23, which was all about proclaiming the name of the Lord. With this week’s verse, I am gearing the focus of the blog toward fully focusing on the Lord and trusting in Him, even when we can’t see him.

So we fix out eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 

-2 Corinthians 4:18//NIV Translation

There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. 

-2 Corinthians 4:18//The Message Translation

(I used two different translations of this verse because I think there’s a few differences that stand out to me between the two that really help me to grasp the meaning of the verse)

On mission trip, the week’s subject was all about God’s wonder and how often we get stuck in a routine and forget to stop and take a look at all the things that show us how really wonderful God really is. There was one night where one of the speakers was discussing things that are shakeable and unshakeable and this verse really reminded me of that particular sermon.

God is an eternal thing. He will never change, never waver. I thinks it’s a neat thing to hold on to: the fact that even though we can’t see God, we know that He is forever through the gift of the Bible. That’s the kind of thing we need to be focusing on, not worldly possessions and things that can’t and won’t last for eternity. Our focus on what is eternal both applies to God and to Heaven. I like the way the Message states “what we can’t see now” when translating the verse. It’s a comforting thought to know that even though God is physically invisible to us in this exact moment, that eventually we will be able to actually see Him in His full wonder and glory when we reach Heaven.

So, this week I wanted everyone reading this to throw themselves into the unseen, instead of the seen. This can be uncomfortable, but I am sure that the pros of leaning against an all powerful and loving God far outweighs the fear we have in doing so.

[The header image for today’s post is from the Bible app She Reads Truth]

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