Seeing the unseen

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 Cor 4:18

I quoted this verse in a card for a sister. Then it hit me: what a paradox – how do you fix your eyes on what is unseen? Thank God that my word meditation teachings covered the part on metaphors so that I understood that it’s not about physical eyes seeing the invisible. But how do we see the unseen?

The Corinthians were facing physical oppression and persecution for their faith and Paul was exhorting them to consider the eternal hope of a heavenly dwelling. ‘We live by faith, not by sight’ (2 Cor 5:7). Even though the believers could not perceive with their physical senses what awaits them beyond the physical life, Paul exhorted them to have FAITH that one day, we will be at home with the Lord.

‘Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see‘ (Heb 11:1). Even though we do not see, we are certain that God will fulfil His promises.

We cannot work up more faith in us ourselves. Jesus is ‘the author and perfector of our faith’ (Heb 12:2). Only He can start this work of faith in us and perfect this faith. It is a gift. We need to ask Jesus to initiate that faith in the lives of those who have yet to believe and to increase the faith of those who already have, including ourselves.

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