Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 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. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
Seeing The Invisible
What a glorious day it will be to stand before the Lord and see His face after all the years of earthly toil. Life can be tedious at times with its challenges that tax the body, soul and mind. Sorrow is the lot of all men as they travel the road of life. There is pain from the fleshly tabernacle that weighs heavily upon the spirit of man. Tears abound from loss or disparity. Age is a cruel task master that ravages the body of youth with disease. Death is real but often ignored. All men sin and while this describes the relationship to God it also highlights how difficult it can be to have confidence in others due to failings, distrust, disappointment and insult. Trust can be a fleeting commodity from men who struggle with their own sin. Admittedly, viewing life from the standpoint of carnal reality can be a pretty dim picture. For the child of God, there is an ‘up-look’ that changes the view from an unbearable affliction to a burden that is light. It has everything to do with how we understand our relationship with God.
The Lord does not leave us unaware of the problems of life. Knowing the outward body or physical body is deteriorating is easy to understand. Time will tell this story in vivid terms. Youth is full of vitality and vigor. With each passing year a realization of the limitations become very apparent. The industry to find the fountain of youth is a billion dollar profit. For the Christian, the outward body is not the focus. What is more important than the fleshly body is the spiritual relationship with the Lord and this does not grow old. When the child of God spends daily time in renewing their minds with the word of God, a youthful spirit infuses itself into life. The eyes that may grow dim with age brighten with the knowledge of the Holy Spirit. Life and all its trappings is considered a light affliction. Imagine thinking that life is as weighty as a feather. With the grace of God it can be done. Sorrow does not blanket the soul of the one who looks to the Savior for consolation. The heart is tuned into an eternal reward instead of trying to find happiness in this life. Joy is found in death because this is the open door of eternal glory with the Father.
Looking at things of this world is seeing what is temporal. There is nothing lasting from our houses, lands, monies and pleasures. They are perishable and victims of disaster, theft and ruin. Death removes us from all the things of this life. How sad to spend a lifetime gathering stuff that we cannot take with us. Looking at the things that are eternal makes life a burden easy to bear. The eternal weight of glory is the measure of the man who does not lose heart and renews his spirit in the Lord daily. When a man possesses the Lord, this can never be taken away. Death will not remove it. Sorrow cannot overshadow it. Awakening in eternity is all that a man has and if he is without God there is no joy. Putting trust in the Lord will bring eternal reward. Believing in the one true God will carry the spirit of man from a temporal world to an eternal home. All the tragedies of life are nothing when the heart of man fully trusts in the Lord. Look at the things that are not seen and you will see greater treasures.