The Unseen Eternal


Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:

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 3,4,5,6 – Passage Lookup – Today’s New International Version – BibleGateway.com

Observation: The physical, tangible world around us seems solid and real, yet it is quickly fading away.  Eventually all that is left is the power and energy from which we came, and to which we return, the source, the creator, our God.

Application: I’ve heard people say before, "If I can’t see it, and touch it, I won’t believe it."  I think that this attitude is becoming more prevalent in our world as people arrogantly think we are evolving into masters of science and technology. But in reality, the farther that scientist reach out into the unknown, the more questions they find themselves trying to answer and the more things they discover, the more that they realize that they have barely scratched the surface of understanding.

If you can’t see it, how can you prove it?  There are so many things that we can not see with our physical eyes.  When we peer through the human eye we are only seeing a small portion of what is really there.  The visible light that we are able to see is only a few feet on the football field of the entire electromagnetic spectrum.  We know that there is much more out there even though we can’t see it.

Well if I can’t see it, I should be able to measure it.  If I can’t measure it, I won’t believe it.   Really?  Can you measure a Mother’s love for her children?  Is there some formula that you can plug in to prove that it exist?  You know it’s there, and you know that it’s real but it’s not a measurable thing.  There are many things in this world that can not be measured, but there is no doubt that they still exist.

Really, whether they would admit it or not,  even scientists and people of high intelligence and education believe most of what they do because of faith.  Ask the average person who believes in the theory of evolution why they believe it and they will eventually be forced to answer that it is what they were taught, or something that they read.  They can not prove it, they can not measure it, they can not recreate it in a lab.  People believe many things simply because they have faith in that book they read, or that teacher that taught it to them or that television show they watched.  Very little of what those who have to ,see it to believe it, put their faith in is because of first hand experience.

With Christianity, we have known for millennia what science is beginning now to discover, there is much that is unseen around us.  And this physical world that we are looking at with our eyes is a temporary and quickly passing thing.  The true eternal is much less tangible, we are spiritual beings having a physical experience. 

We can be blinded and sidetracked by the limitations of what we have been told is real and solid and true. 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. Don’t let the temporary problems that you are facing cause you to lose faith or focus on the most important part of your life, that which is eternal.

Prayer: God of the unseen eternal, Father of all that is,

Thank you for the realities that I have yet to touch, thank you for the areas of your creation that I have yet to see, thank you for the music of your heavenly angels that I have yet to hear.  Although there is much beyond what I have experienced, I praise you for creating me as an eternal being so that I may continue beyond the physical realm that I now live in and walk with you forever.

Love Michael

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