Seeing The Unseen

We see too much of this world and what is around us. It can clog our eyes and mind with astonishment, unease, worry, or fear and dread. Yet, with spiritual eyesight, we can see beyond the temporal world in which we live. Paul talks about seeing the unseen things even in the midst of troubles in 2 Corinthians 4:18. “while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

So the question is, are you seeing the unseen? You might answer yes and no. Yes, you see God’s promises and believe they’re yours but no, you’re not participating in them yet. How do we see the unseen things of God, the promised blessings? It comes down to faith. You can’t even please God in any way without faith. With faith you believe Jesus loves you and died for you. It’s by or with faith you receive the blessings of His new covenant of grace. It’s time to put aside the smack-in-your-face sights and put confidence in trusting God’s Word, His promises. Then step out in faith and with an open heart receive what God has promised. It’s already yours. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see,” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV).

The Rest He Provides

The Ark of the Covenant was to rest on the shoulders of the Priests. They were the ones to carry it. Israel got into trouble when men carried it, placing it on an ox cart. But when the ox stumbled and it looked as if the Ark would fall off, Uzi reached out to keep it from falling but it cost him his life. He didn’t follow instructions not to touch it. It was to be carried by the Priests (on poles). The ox cart was not authorized either. Now the Ark weighed close to 250 pounds. No wonder man wanted it carried on a cart because that’s a lot of weight.

But isn’t that how we are, trying to do things when we should be relying on the Lord’s strength, grace, and wisdom? Daily we have a choice of carrying our problems, difficulties, and burdens and trying to fix them or turn them over to the Lord and let Him carry our load and fix our problems. It’s a matter of letting go, trusting Him, and then resting in His ability, strength, power, and grace to work things for our good. He provides the rest when we trust Him.

Tough Out The Tough Times

You may have read accounts and testimonies of soldiers being totally delivered from horrible situations or other testimonies of ordinary folks experiencing God’s deliverance from unthinkable circumstances. You may have experienced God’s protection and deliverance in a supernatural way yourself. Whatever you have faced or will face or are even facing right now, know that Jesus is right there with you, and HE will bring you through. Know as the Psalmist did that ‘surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow you all the days of your life’ (Psalm 23:6).

Too often when we’re in the middle of a very tough time, we only see the tough time. Let’s focus and see through the eyes of faith looking beyond, past the tough time. Hear Jesus speaking these words to you today, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you” (Isaiah 43:1-2, NASB).

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