Seen and Unseen; November 16, 2020

2 Corinthians 4:18 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.

I would imagine a lot of people are trying to comfort themselves with this Scripture at this point. Frankly, things are not looking good in America, with an increasing probability that people are going to get away with an illegal, unfair election. However, The legal challenges aren’t over, and God is still God. There were numbers of prophecies, by prophets with highly respectable track records, of a second pro-life, pro-religious freedom administration, and nothing is impossible for God. It is quite possible that those very prophecies caused some people to relax their spiritual warfare against the forces of darkness. Be that as it may, God is still God and His Word is still true. The point is for believers to keep believing, not in politicians but in Jesus Christ the Lord. People are saying, “The conflict is about to get very personal,” but it should have been personal all along. Each genuine Christian should have been active in prayer and witness, submitting to God and resisting the devil, (James 4:7) all along, but many, if not most, have not been. Conservatives bemoan the love the Left has for Big Government, but then turn around and seek to avoid their own personal responsibility. Each must personally give account to God for their stewardship of the resources and opportunities that have been placed at their disposal. (Romans 14:12) We tend to think of stewardship in terms of money, but it applies to far more than that. Yesterday I spoke from Romans 12:1 about how everything in our life should be an expression of worship to God, and this connects perfectly with that. When we are indeed looking at the unseen, eternal things, then our stewardship of everything else will be far closer to what it should be.

I am of course speaking to myself here, just as I was preaching to myself yesterday. I quote verse 17 fairly frequently, and verse 16 certainly applies to me, particularly at my age. With that understanding, I should be applying this verse intentionally more and more. In some ways that is ironic, since as a photographer I am quite focused on what I see, but even my photography is focused on capturing the ephemeral, the scenes that a moment later do not exist. I need to apply that more broadly, aligning my value structure with the unseen spiritual world, rather than being mired in the physical. That’s not to say that I’m to neglect my stewardship of the physical as well, but it is to say that I’m not to hang onto it, either in possessions or in circumstances. That is the way of genuine peace and overcoming.

Father, thank You for this strong reminder. Thank You for the deep conversations I’m able to have with my daughter who is visiting. I pray that throughout her time here, the three of us would see and receive the invisible blessings You have for us, growing and shaping us more and more into the likeness of Your Son, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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