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 Cor 4:18

These mountains are temporary.

We rely so much on what we can see.  And yet the tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and fires of late have been poignantly painful reminders that what we see is temporary and can be destroyed at a moment’s notice.

While waiting on Father’s promises, we must watch out for the temptation to base eternal decisions on what we see.

When Father gives us a directive or a prompting, He always has the end result in mind.  He has ALWAYS has thought of EVERYTHING:

  • Every detail
  • Everything necessary for us to complete the task
  • Every aspect of provision:  social, emotional, physical, and spiritual
  • Every step needed to get us from here to there

. . . and yet He will not tell us everything.  He calls us to step out in faith and obey him one step at a time.

We live by faith, not by sight. – 2 Cor 5:7

It is tempting to base eternal decisions on what we see when:

  1. We have to have it all spelled out in order for us to obey and move forward in faith.
  2. Our longing and desire to “play it safe” outweighs our longing and desire to abandon ourselves to the Lord’s will and ways for our lives whatever it costs and whatever it takes.
  3. We aren’t willing to risk our possessions, reputation, or present circumstances without a guarantee from Father of a “better trade-in.”

We base eternal decisions on what is unseen when we remember along with those who have gone before us:

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. – Heb 11:13

May your epitaph of earthly faith not read:

________ played it safe.  ________ only embarked on adventures of faith that were all spelled out.  ________ wasn’t willing to risk their  possessions, reputation, or present circumstances to obey Father’s calling on their lives.  ________ wasn’t willing to obey no matter what it cost and no matter what it took. ________ missed out.

Our choices of faith are eternal

Photos on flickr by Zach Dischner & len4ita

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