Seen and Unseen

It is quite normal for children to have imaginary friends. However, if an adult casually mentioned that she was looking at something invisible, you might have cause for concern. Not only is it nonsensical, it’s impossible. Yet, our verse this month is telling us to do just that; “fix [your] eyes… on what is unseen.” What can that mean? At a glance, it appears to be some sort of spiritual mumbo jumbo. When fully understood, however, it’s actually quite sound advice. This verse challenges the follower of Jesus to figuratively “see” past the present troubles of this life, to the deep and real truths that, though  unseen, are constant and unshakable. You can’t see God’s love or prove his work in your life. But, eyes of faith can behold with wonder his very real presence and constant love. We’re so often tempted to see our lives in a godless vacuum, instead of looking through the lens of God’s intimate involvement and grand design.

Where do you need to look for signs of God’s involvement in your life?

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.

-2 Corinthians 4:18


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