With all the turmoil happening in the world today, it is very difficult to look beyond the earthly, physical realm. The news of so many disruptive and troubling events can hold us captive, dragging us into the foaming, fearful confusion.
It is understandable to be troubled and discouraged by the current events in the world. So much of what happens seems to indicate that conditions are beyond repair!
But for ‘Thirsty Souls’ — those who call on the name of Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God], let us remember our focus:
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look, not at the things which are seen, but (we look) at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2Corinthians 4:17-18)
These verses encourage us to look at, and focus on, the things that are unseen, the invisible things, because the unseen things are eternal, outside of time, wherein dwells the heavenly Father.
Much of the Bible’s message cannot be understood unless we focus on the things that are unseen, invisible. It is the below-the-surface, the unseen realm, that Yahuwah desires that we understand.
How foolish of heart are those who are absorbed with earthly things, and will not look beyond the temporal! There is more to this life than what appears on the surface.
This world is temporary. This world is passing away! All that is of this natural world — the love of money, personal ambition, natural affections, the passions of the moment — these things must be laid down before Yahuwah (1John 2:16-17).
This world’s enticements to embrace the lustful passions of ‘carpe diem‘ are deceptive lies from the dark and wicked realm of Satan: The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble (Proverbs 4:10).
This present time is a precious, yet very short, time to prepare, seeking to do the Father’s will (John 5:30b)!
We need to look to the unseen things, and seek to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Blessed is the one who spends his days pursuing the Goal of Everlasting Life! (Philippians 2:12 and Philippians 3:14)
Our life on this earth is our preparation time for the Day of Judgment. This life is our time to maintain a good and clean conscience before God, and shun our selfish, carnal nature. We should endure our trials with patience and humility, honouring Yahuwah with our simple obedience, keeping our eyes on Father’s eternal plans for us.
The journey may seem long and unbearable, at times. But soon, like a breath of wind, like a vapour that vanishes away — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye — we will be resurrected! Then we will fly away into the secure and ever-lasting arms of our Saviour, to abide with Him forever, in the realm where God Himself dwells (James 4:14; 1Corinthians 15:52).
Those who have been born-again live a hidden life — we are hidden in Messiah, hidden within His plans and purposes. We are just passing through! We are as strangers and pilgrims in this earth, on our way to the heavenly city, the New Jerusalem (Colossians 3:1-3; Hebrews 11:13 and Hebrews 12:22).
We are the unseen ones in the earth. The world does not understand us, nor see us. The ungodly, the unrighteous cannot comprehend us because they cannot ‘see’ the invisible Almighty God, the Creator of heaven and earth, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God].
But we see Him! He is the Mighty One of Israel, and He is mightier than the rushing, turbulent noises of this confused world (Psalms 93:4)!!
We love Him, we worship Him, we follow Him. He is as real to us as the morning light, as the billowing clouds, as the wind and waves of the oceans, as the quietness of freshly fallen snow.
And when our earthly house of this body is dissolved, then we will have a spiritual house, a building not made with hands. We will have an inheritance that is incorruptible, undefiled, that fades not away, reserved for us in heaven (1Corinthians 15:44; 1Peter 1:4).
All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but, he that does the will of God abides for ever. (1John 2:16-17)
Remember — Yahuwah is the ALL-Mighty! His over-riding plans and eternal purposes will ultimately prevail! He will see us, His elect, through to the End!
And when Messiah, who is our life, shall appear, then shall we also appear with Him, in glory (Colossians 3:4).
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