At first glance, today’s title might seem a bit strange. Doesn’t it contradict itself? After all, if something is unseen, how can we possibly see it?
Let’s go to the Bible for our answer. Paul wrote . . .
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)
Charles Spurgeon, often referred to as “the prince of preachers,” had a wonderful way of setting forth the truth of this Scripture.
In our Christian pilgrimage it is well, for the most part, to be looking forward. Forward lies the crown, and onward is the goal. Whether it be for hope, for joy, for consolation, or for the inspiring of our love, the future must, after all, be the grand object of the eye of faith. Looking into the future we see sin cast out, the body of sin and death destroyed, the soul made perfect, and fit to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light.
The apostle Paul made it clear to the Corinthians what an enormous difference there is between fixing our eyes on what is seen or what is unseen. It is the difference between the temporary and the eternal. This is the way we are called by God to rise above the circumstances of this life. As the British philosopher James Allen once said, “Circumstance doesn’t make the man . . . it reveals him.” Our focus truly reveals where we are placing our trust.
The man who is fixing his eyes on what is seen finds himself at the mercy of the strongest wind that is blowing at the time. He is building his house on shifting sand. But the man who is fixing his eyes on what is unseen is building on the Rock; he finds an almighty anchor to help him weather any storm.
The promise of what is unseen is truly overwhelming. When we are received into glory, we will find that we have arrived in the place where there are no more tears, no more sorrow, no more pain, and no more death. This is the eternal promise we have from God in Christ Jesus and this is where we are to fix our eyes of faith. This promise is what empowers us to “keep on keeping on,” even when we would rather not. The darkness of the present will soon turn into the light of the promised eternity.
When was the last time you thought about the promise of eternal life that you have been given as a follower of Jesus Christ? I believe that we shall not be in heaven but a moment and every sorrow in this life will be swallowed up in the lake of our Lord’s unimaginable love. And let me remind you, it won’t be long before we find ourselves standing at heaven’s gate, seeing for the very first time the unseen that will, once and for all, meet us in our deepest place of greatest need.
So . . . where have you been fixing your focus lately? If you’re not fixing your eyes on what is unseen, perhaps this is a good time for a truth tune-up!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!