From Rich Carroll:
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal weight of glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
We all have troubles in this world! My wife and I see all the struggles reported about our world as well as our own poor choices in relating to one another at times and feel helpless to affect those things we feel little control over. Health related troubles, financial troubles, relational troubles and God tells us we have spiritual/moral troubles. You name it, it comes with the territory of being human and living in this world. Sometimes these troubles stress and overwhelm us. We cry out, pray, and wonder how things might get any better. For the believer however, there is a perspective that lightens our load when we stop and consider the wise and God-inspired words of the apostle here. We are told to fix my eyes on what is unseen and eternal.
Jesus, towards the end of His life, in the upper room, the evening before He was condemned, spoke to His closest friends about their troubles: “These things have I spoken to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulations but take courage, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33) I need to hear these words in the midst of my personal troubles. As I stop to consider and allow them to wash over my heart I sense my Savior speaking directly to me that there is a greater reality than these “momentary troubles”, although they feel more than momentary. They don’t quickly go away. But our Lord, in His kindness and compassion reminds me/us that these troubles are a mere drop in the bucket compared to what life will look and actually be like on the other side of this world, for all eternity. So, take courage friend. He will not let you go. You and I can trust that He is really good and has our best in mind. He invites us to look at the eternal picture with Him, on what is unseen. See the eternal weight of glory in what He has planned for us that far outweighs these momentary troubles.
“Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:2-3)