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Look to the Unseen for Renewal and Endurance

From Today in God’s Word

Job 34; 2 Cor 4

5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” (2 Corinthians 4:5–7, ESV)

Paul speaks of the light of the gospel and God’s work of giving new life to dead and dark hearts. This life comes by the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. This birth came like the wind, unseen and yet its impact is plain. It is by the surpassing power of God and not my own.

16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16–18, ESV)

Because the Spirit of God is responsible for this life I need not lose hope when I see my physical body wasting away. The very things that evidence the mortality of my body, Paul says, are preparing an eternal weight of glory for me in the unseen realm. My hope of glory should not be on anything I can set my eyes upon in this world but on what is unseen (1 Pet 1:8-9, 13). The things that are seen are created and will need renewal and changing like a garment at the end of the age. But the things that are unseen are eternal and it is here that my attention and hope should be settled (Titus 2:13-14).

May we not set our hope on health or family or shelter or peace or friends or riches or security or goals or anything else that we can see or achieve on this side of eternity (Luke 14:26-27). Paul challenges us to take our hope off of these things and to see the work that God has done and is doing and will do in us to renew us by his Spirit, and for his kingdom purposes (Col 3:1-4). We can only endure under the struggles of life in this fallen world and in these broken bodies by seeking renewal from God by his Spirit (Rom 12:1-2). He has subjected his creation to futility but he did this not without reason, but in hope of freedom and glory for us and for all of creation (Rom 8:18-25)!

Let us be devoted to the cause of Christ and seek first the kingdom of God rather than seeking the things of this world.

Soli Deo Gloria!