We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen. The things which are seen are temporal and the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)
"When we believe that reality is confined to only what we see, we become prisoners to our perceptions."
This week Pastor Rick is teaching us to live by spiritual sight and the certainty that comes through faith. We must learn to see with the eyes of faith as we follow Jesus into this Decade of Destiny.
When people approached Jesus to tell him about their circumstances, he’d often say something like, “You’re looking for a drink of water, but look past your circumstances because I’m the living water. I can quench your thirst for eternity, not just in this moment. Can you see it?”
Or, “You want to see bread right now, but I want you to see that I am the living bread. I can feed you for this one meal, but—Look!—I can feed you for all eternity. Can you see it?”
In one of those grand, mysterious paradoxes of our faith, Jesus says we should see the unseen. The way to do that is to stay intimate with him and to let the Holy Spirit direct our sight, both our physical eyes and our spiritual eyes.
When we believe that reality is confined to only what we see, we become trapped into thinking the only truth is what we see. We become prisoners to our perceptions. Time and time again we see Jesus moving the focus from the seen to the unseen. He knew that for those who walk by faith, appearances are never the ultimate reality.
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)
(This devotional is by Jon Walker, editor of the Daily Hope Devotionals and author of Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's ‘The Cost of Discipleship.’)