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November 4, 2022
Today’s reading: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Seeing the invisible
We read in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18:
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
It’s no secret that we are human beings and our bodies are subject to diseases and decay. As we go through life, our bodies fade away, little by little, until we completely perish.
For most people, it sounds disturbing, concerning, and depressing. Who would want to have their bodies deteriorate over time?
Nevertheless, Paul encourages us that although our outward bodies are perishing, our inward bodies are flourishing. When we are doing the will of God, we are actually growing and thriving spiritually.
Yes, we may suffer now, but these will not forever. To put rephrase Paul’s words, a moment of pain leads to an eternity of glory.
That’s why we don’t focus on things that are seen. Rather, we must focus on things that are not seen.
Because the visible things are temporary. Our body, house, money, car, possessions, and anything that is related to this world. They may feel like they will last forever, but they will not.
The invisible things are the more important things. They are the ones that are eternal. Our earthly possessions may fade, but our godly character will not. The kingdoms of the world may fade, but not God’s kingdom.
This should then remind us, that it is not to see is to believe, but rather, to believe is to see!
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