It is not always easy to keep an eye on the eternal promises of God. In the big picture we ‘get it’ – our real eternity rests with God and all the saints. Yet at times we too get bogged down and lost in the day to day struggles we all face.
Sometimes though, it can feel like a millstone has been tied around our neck. The uphill battle against a disease or illness, the sudden loss of a job or spouse or friend, another life change you never saw coming… When it is more that the day to day troubles, which can be hard and very real too, it can be hard to remember God’s eternal promises.
All is not forever lost. God suddenly pokes into our hard time and we are reminded of His great love. Maybe it is through a friend or in a time of prayer or study or in a moment of solitude where He makes His presence known. Like Paul we are reminded that these hardships are just temporary. God’s plans will far outlive all of these earthly trials. What Christ offered on the cross has an eternal purpose and we are a part of that.
When we spend time daily with God, we experience the promise of being renewed day by day. When we fix our eyes on the unseen, on our faith, we gain a sense of the eternal. When we remember that our earthly bodies are just temporary and we live for our eternal home built by God, we come to know our true reality. We are here but not of this world. Thanks be to God.
Scripture reference: 2 Corinthians 4:16 to 5:1