Eternal Eyes: A Devotional

We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.
2 Corinthians 4:18

Eternal eyes, that’s what my friend Madeline prays her children and grandchildren would have. Her family has gone through a tumultuous season that ended with the death of her daughter. As the family grieves from this horrific loss, Madeline longs for them to be less and less nearsighted—consumed by the pain of this world. And to be more and more farsighted—filled with hope in our loving God.

The apostle Paul and his co-workers experienced great suffering at the hands of persecutors and even from believers who tried to discredit them. Yet, they had their eyes fixed on eternity. Paul boldly acknowledged that “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 4:18).

Although they were doing God’s work, they lived with the reality of being “hard pressed on every side,” “perplexed,” “persecuted,” and “struck down” (vv. 8–9). Shouldn’t God have delivered them from these troubles? But instead of being disappointed, Paul built his hope on the “eternal glory” that supersedes momentary troubles (v. 17). He knew God’s power was at work in him and had complete assurance that “the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus” (v. 14).

When our world around us feels shaky, may we turn our eyes to God—the eternal Rock that will never be destroyed.

By: Estera Pirosca Escobar

Reflect & Pray
In what do you choose to hope in spite of your difficulties? How have you experienced God’s faithfulness?

I lift my eyes to You today, O God. Give me a glimpse of the security I have in You.

struggles are temporary, the problem we are facing now? this pandemic? this too is temporary! soon all of these will fade away.

AMEN! Now, our world is going through a huge challenge, this pandemic has changed the lives of many. I hope it also changed their mindsets: on how they need God more. I hope it fueled their faith on the Lord God. Be hopeful and pray.

In this times of need, all we can do is hope and pray that this pandemic will no longer exist and totally be gone soon, so that we can live the life we used to be…If time comes that God will grant all our request, we must be thankful each passing day for supplying our daily needs, and we are all safe, healthy and alive.

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Yes, let us pray to the Lord God about this pandemic to be gone and believe in Him. Pray and believe that we will overcome this. We have the Lord God, soon all of these challenges, the pandemic, poverty, unemployment, political issues, etc. this will be gone soon. And when that time comes, we will rejoice with the Lord God.