God’s Eternal Perspective
Today’s scripture is amazing and one of the greatest teachings that has helped me personally in my walk with Christ. It is the understanding that what is seen is temporary, and what is unseen is eternal, and that we should do our best to try and look at things from God’s eternal perspective. And this makes so much sense! In our human relationships we understand the value of “putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes”, why would we not do that in our relationship with Christ? This helps us understand that our troubles are temporary. It helps us understand that our eternal glory far exceeds any glory that we might experience in the flesh. It helps us understand that although outwardly we may be wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day. It helps us realize that the struggles that we face in life are temporary and develop us, even though progress is often not visible until a time when we look back and see how far we have come, or until we get a fresh perspective. It gives us fresh hope every morning.
“”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
It’s easier to appreciate this concept when we look at things in retrospect, and see how things turned out. It’s also like being up in an airplane for the first time and get a bird’s eye view. Everything looks so small when we look down at the earth from very high up in the sky. And while all of our problems and struggles in the flesh might seem big to us, to God, from His perspective, they are very small. He is the creator of the heavens and the earth and everything in it. There is no problem to big for our God.
And if you have never been in an airplane, another way to look at this is when you are trying to find your way around without a map. Every turn can be confusing, and you can get lost between all the traffic, all the noise, and all of the tall buildings. Over time you can learn how things are laid out. But when you get a bird’s eye view, when you have the map, it all suddenly makes sense. That is exactly how God sees everything. He has a bird’s eye view of everything. He has the map. Everything makes sense to Him. He is all-knowing. He sees everything from an eternal perspective.
If we want things to make sense, if we are struggling with something, if we are confused, if we are lukewarm, or cold, if we hurt, if we are sick, if we are lost, we should try to see things through God’s perspective. How can we focus on what is unseen? We acknowledge that God is our Father, and Christ is our Savior! If we want to have a relationship with Him, we must first acknowledge that He exists and ask Him to come into our lives. From there, just like any relationship, the most important thing is to spend time with Him. Take time to get to know Him. Just like any relationship, this takes time. But as we read God’s Word, and learn and grow in Him, we will start to gain His perspective, and greater insight into what is unseen, and what is eternal.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word. Thank you for giving me the mind to understand and the Words to speak. Thank you for giving me the courage to speak, and to step out in faith, to stretch, and to grow with and through You. I know that there is so much that I do not understand. Please reveal to me your great wisdom, and give me peace and purpose and joy and hope and laughter and love, all things of eternal value. I receive you into my heart and seek You first, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: Judges 19-21; 2 Corinthians 4
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “”Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” – (2 Corinthians 4:16)
- “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – (Lamentations 3:22-23)
- “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” – (Jeremiah 32:27)
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