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Not Yet Seen

04 April 2009

Scripture:

17 For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NLT)

Observation and Application:

As I read this today, I thought of the expression, “Seeing is believing.” Paul told the Corinthians that spiritual reality is just the opposite. In the spiritual realm, “Believing is seeing!”

Everything we can see and touch is temporal – it’s here today, but gone in eternity. The only things that will last forever are the things we consider intangible; God’s word to us, our values, relationships, character, acts of love and service, things that bridge the gap between the visible and unseen world.

Paul said that one way we keep focused on the eternal things is to talk about them, to “say what we believe.”

We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we believe. (2 Corinthians 4:13 The Message)

I believe that what God says about me is true, even when I don’t see it with my eyes. I believe that what God says about my past, my present, and my future is more true than how I feel, what I remember, what others think, or how it looks from where I stand right now.

I’m learning to speak what I believe and not just what my eyes see or my mind thinks. Like Paul, I’ll say what I believe.

Prayer:

Father, you know how easily I get bogged down in what I see, what I feel at the moment, and what my mind reasons to be real. I purpose to believe what you say and to say what I believe. I’m going to need a lot of help with this! I’m working on it. Help me get better at it today. In Jesus’ Name.

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