16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Take a few minutes to consider what struggles you are facing in your life right now. They might revolve around a physical illness or your finances. Maybe they come from a deep hurt or wound in your life. They might stem from uncertainty about the future or a pressing situation. Whatever they are, you know them well. They are the things that hang over you even now. So take a few minutes just to write them down – nothing exhaustive – just a bullet list.
Now look at your list of “stuff” and begin to consider what Christ might be doing in you through these situations. Don’t get caught up in where they came from or who’s responsible. Just look at how Christ might possibly use these challenges and struggles to shape and form you into more of what he desires. Is this forcing you to a place of deeper faith? Is it causing you to deal with issues you’ve tucked away for years and ignored? Is it breaking your heart or taking you to a new place of humility that you have never known? What greater thing might Christ be doing in your life through these situations? Take a few minutes now to write down your thoughts on this.
Then I want you to get crazy and circle your original list of “stuff” and write the heading over it, “Light and Momentary Troubles…In Light of Eternity”. Some of you will have some heavy stuff on your list and there might be some thoughts of resisting this part – but just go for it.
Now just sit back, be quiet, and look at what is before you on the page. Allow it to speak back into you. Yield to the Holy Spirit and listen for what he is whispering to you. And fix your eyes on the greater eternal work that he is doing in and through you.
Eternal Father – Open our eyes to see the unseen. Draw us out of our temporary fixations so that we might see the greater works of your glory, both in our lives and in the world we live in. We give you our attention and affections today. Amen.