Heaven's Point of View
April 04, 2020: SOAP #3775: Judges 19-21; 2Corinthians 4
Scripture: 2Corinthians (NIV) 4:17 For our light andmomentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighsthem all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. Forwhat is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Observation: Earlierin this chapter, the Apostle Paul tells of the struggles and hardships he hasexperienced in taking the gospel to new places. He has been through some tough times. But he has something that encourages him in discouraging times. He has something that lifts him up when thetroubles press him down. He knows a dayis coming when it will be worth it all! His mind's eye is so focused on the eternal that he does not botherworrying about the temporary things that have been so troubling.
Application: Somethings seem to call to me, 'Look at me, I am important.' The news media tries to fill my mind with somany things to worry about. They tell mehow bad things are, then they have their experts reinforce their message. The coronavirus is the current issue, but when it passes, there will be another.
Stuart Hamblin wrote, 'My heart can sing when I pause to remember a heartachehere is but a stepping stone along a trail that's leading always upwardUntilthen my heart will go on singing; Until then with joy I'll carry on; Until theday my eyes behold that city; Until the day He calls me home.' I likethe phrase, 'and things of earth that cause the heart to tremble, rememberedthere will only bring a smile.' Thingslook so different from heaven's point of view.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, help me keep my eyes focused on heaven,on that which is eternal. Check my heartwhen I start to pay too much attention to temporal things. Interrupt my thinking when my thoughts get stuckon things that bother me. May I consider everything from heaven's pointof view. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!