11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
2 Corinthians 4:8-18
8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken." Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
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.
Today's devotional is short and simple. Don't let it's impact be simple. Let it be a disruption for you today.
Think about Paul's words in 2 Corinthians. He says to fix your eyes on what is unseen, rather than what is seen. What is right in front of your face that is causing pain, hardship, or dissatisfaction right now? Now, is that thing an eternal thing? Is is something that is unseen now? Or is it something that is temporary, on-the-surface, or circumstancial?
Let me be clear... temporary difficulties are REAL difficulties. Temporary difficulties should be concerning and should be talked about. However, some of us look at our temporary, external circumstances as a guage to measure our lives. When our eyes areonly fixed on the things we can see, it leads to a life of dissatisfaction. Look to the unseen today. Look at life through the eternal perspective that Paul gives us.