Monday, May 13, 2013

We Aren't Meant to See the Whole Picture

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).

We can arrange and engineer many things in life -- we search for cures for diseases; we provide clean water to devastated areas; we solve many of the world’s problems through technology, through sophisticated research and development, through manipulation. But we do not know the length of our days; we cannot control the circumstances of our lives. In the scheme of things, we really only are pinpricks on the timeline of history.

 We are a vapor – poof! gone!

There are people who see themselves as the center of the universe, whose view of life always comes back to how an event impacts them personally. We give these folks diagnoses like narcissism or autism, but, come now, don't we all have a bit of that in us? The truth is, we are not sovereign; life does not revolve around us. To fix our eyes on ourselves leads to frustration and disappointment. To think too highly of ourselves does too.

We think we see and understand, but we see through a glass dimly – our view is clouded. God withholds from us the fullness of all things. 

We will never fully grasp life, try as we might. It is not for us to know fully in this life. Whoever seeks to know fully will be disappointed. But whoever seeks to know God will never be disappointed. Then, in Heaven, we will know fully because we will see God Himself and He will make all things clear.

So live today realizing that you do not know the end from the beginning, nor are you intended to know! Your part is to be faithful to what you do know. And to fix your eyes on Jesus, the unseen, the eternal. He knows, and that is enough.

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