Today's Devotional Thought
February 24, 2010 by Wendy Foreman
Don't Lose Sight of the Eternal
When we become followers of Jesus Christ we are promised eternal life. That becomes our ultimate goal in life. The author of today’s passage of scripture is Paul. We have spoken of him in several of our devotions recently. Paul was a remarkable preacher and was deeply persecuted for his faith and his persistence in preaching the good news. What I love about Paul is that he knew that one day his life would come to an end and his pain would cease and he would obtain his rest and reward from the Lord.
It is very easy for us to lose focus in this life. Inevitably, we will have problems in our relationships, in our jobs, in our churches, and in our communities. We will face illness either ourselves or we will experience the pain of watching someone we love suffer. This pain that we feel can become intense and we can find ourselves weary and discouraged in our faith. This is when we must allow the Holy Spirit to renew us and strengthen us through His power. Don’t allow the pain that you are going through to change your focus from the eternal to the now. Today’s scripture tells us to fix our eyes on what is unseen. That is the eternal, the time when we will be in eternity with God.
Be encouraged friends because this life is not all there is. We have a heavenly father waiting for us in Heaven. There are no promises in scripture that tell us this life will be easy and pain free. There is a promise that we will be free of that pain in eternity.
I am reminded so often throughout my week of how many people are hurting. This hurt can be either self inflicted or could have come from being hurt by someone else. What I notice time and time again is how many people focus on the hurt and pain for such a long time that they lose sight of the eternal. Let me explain just a little. Say that you are hurt by a close friend and feel betrayed. This is a legitimate feeling and there is nothing wrong with feeling hurt. However, when we hold on to that feeling so tightly and allow it to hold us captive, so to speak, then we have lost our focus and God can not get our attention to have us to do the things we need to do for Him.
Imagine if Paul had decided to focus on all his pain instead of focusing on preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul founded the church; we would not be where we are today if he had decided to be selfish. This earth and everything in it is temporary, including our pain and our trials. I know life stinks sometimes and we fall into a pit of self-pity, but we must not lose sight of the eternal. One day, this will all be behind us and we will be in glory rejoicing with the angels and worshipping our Lord. Oh, what a day that will be!!!!