2 Corinthians 4:16-18
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because 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.
Thought for the Day: Have faith in the unseen
“Walk by faith, not by sight…” As I read scripture from my women’s devotional for Bible Study and as I read my Upper Room Devotion, I began reflecting on how I live. I also reflected about how I pray. My words in prayer include “God, I need to SEE Your hand in front of me leading me”, and “God, make your plan for me CLEAR.” The devotional words make me question myself and the way I always need to see the obvious and when I do not see things in a clear way, I become uncomfortable. I realize in my spiritual heart and mind that God wants us to trust Him when we can see Him least, and He wants me to remember that He sent Jesus to die on the cross for us, and He wants us to remember that leaning on Him is the way to feel freedom and peace. In my human heart and mind, however, I tend to think everything lies on my shoulders and that I am the one who needs to make everything work. I remember the heartaches of the past and how life changed drastically after each heartache. I forget how God was with me during each of those times taking me where He wanted me to go. Those places were always better than any place I would have gone on my own. Why can’t I remember that? Why do I always make things hard before I let God lead me?
“The things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” I wake up, I pray, I read, I cry, I plan, and I do. That is fact and that is real. What should I do differently? What should I look for in life? I should truly and faithfully turn everything over to God to lead me into the unknown. He has always shown His faithfulness in the unknown so why should I not trust that now. Today, I pray that God will help me release the need to control everything that happens in my life and the life of my family. Today, I pray that in that release, God will make His way plain in the wilderness of which I seem to be in the midst of. That wilderness is of my own making but I trust God will lead me through.
Prayer: God, You are our ever loving and ever knowing God. You know our hearts and you love us anyway. Help us find our way through the unknown circumstances of our lives and lead us to where You desire for us to go. All praise to you this day. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those living in unknown circumstances