May 1, 2019
For What Is Seen Is Temporary…
Daylight Savings, then Easter, and like most people, I love this time of year. Springtime has officially returned with April showers bringing flowers, leaves, wonderful smells, and bright colors to drown out the grey of winter! Awesome … longer days … warmer weather … more sun … outdoor activities … more energy … more color … people in better moods … life abounding everywhere. All this is even grander when contrasted to the dormant sleepiness of winter. I am continually amazed at (but don’t necessarily like) the cycle and uniqueness of the seasons God designed. To be truthful, I hate winter … except for Christmas, an occasional snow, and Steeler football.
Human life has a natural cycle, too, one that has existed since the time of Adam and Eve. It is wise to recognize the seasons of life … including aging and death … and to gracefully accept their effects on us. During our lives, circumstances are always changing. When these changes are beyond our control, we must graciously accept what comes our way. Whether the season is pleasant or painful, it is good to remember that only one season is permanent … the one that comes after we die and leave this temporary earthly residence.
Even though we intellectually believe a life after death exists, our natural lenses get caught up in the present. We act as if we believe that our current season here on Earth is for all-the-marbles, and that nothing else really exists after we physically die. What a sad perspective! But it’s one that many believe to be true. Satan has us fixated on getting our material needs met now because we think the tangible is all that matters.
If our radar is dulled to the spiritual world and tuned to the material one, we are gauging our progress and needs based on the wrong radar. For example, if we believe our life is in decline after reaching our physical prowess at ages 25-35, we can get more bummed out or invest lots of time, energy, and money into milking the clock and extending our physical life. But really, the essence of our experience and life is not physical, it’s psychological and spiritual.
The person we truly are, the inner person, can grow stronger even while our physical person is wasting away. God is completing the work He started in us. And that completed, ultimate state is for eternity. The goal of all the seasons we experience is growing our spiritual radar so we can sense God and connect to Him in joyous and powerful ways as we develop the Mind of Christ.
Today, identify whether you are in a good season or a rough one. Enjoy the good one if you’re there! But if you’re in a rough one, ask yourself how God is growing you on the inside. Then let this season draw you closer to Him. Remember, the time that we spend in physical, emotional, psychological, and relational discomfort in these bodies is nothing compared to the eternity we will spend in perfect wholeness in God’s presence. Also, understand that discomfort is one of the seasons we need to pass through to get to the final, completed, season of perfect relationship with God in eternity. Thank You, God! Whether you handle your seasons of adversity by putting on God’s spiritual lenses, or you put on crappy physical and now-centered lenses is your decision, so choose well.
Dear Father God, guide me through all the seasons of life and help me trust You through each one. Help me, and especially those suffering physically, emotionally, or psychologically, to have an eternal perspective. Help me submit to Your perfect knowledge as You bring each season into my life, even the difficult ones. Help me maximize my growth in those seasons to draw closer to Your peace and to glorify You. I pray this and all prayers in the name of the One you sent to teach me about eternity, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 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 4:16-18
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6