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05/06/2008

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Getting It Into Focus


"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).

As we get older, our focus changes. We get closer to our mortality and think differently. "Things" hopefully become less important to us and the hope of salvation and the reward of eternal life replace them. As we mature, our focus ought to become more precisely fixed on the Lord Himself.

Paul, in all of his trials, had the proper spiritual perspective. He saw all of his afflictions and trials in the context of eternity. He talked of "striving" and "races" and "boxing" in the light of the life to come. This removed the strain and stress as he looked away from his problems and to Jesus.

If our eyes are focused on material things, problems, stress, or losses, they can become magnified and fill our vision. It leaves little room for God. Our need is to look away from the things we can see, and focus our spiritual eyes on things we can't see. Maybe sometimes we just need to "rest" our eyes. We are focusing them so hard that we see only the turmoil and not the calm.

Our Lord has the ability, if we let Him, to to take us to a place of calm and repose. In the midst of whatever is troubling us, we need to be able to see Jesus. To see Him is to know that He is able to keep us safe. As we look away from our problems, we can experience the joy of assurance. Assurance that there is something greater and that just one moment of glory will outweigh a lifetime of suffering.

It will all be worthwhile when we are with our Lord....

Have a wonderful day...Make a difference for Him....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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