“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of his calling…”
People place their hope in all sorts of things. Some place hope in their reputation, money, job, family, church, government and etc. While it isn’t wrong to put a little confidence in these things they aren’t what need to have our ultimate trust.
The Apostle Paul listed several things he used to place his hope in before he received Christ. He said he was “circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.” Wow! What a list. I would venture to say any of us would have put some confidence in these things too given the chance. Notice though what Paul thought of these compared to Christ. He said, “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…” Paul willingly gave up hope in his long list of accomplishments because he learned to not put any confidence in the flesh.
The temporal realm is just that…temporal and the sooner we come to see that the better off we’ll be. We only have so many years to discover what is most important and it isn’t that which we see and feel in the here and now. The most important is in the unseen, but most never really come to know this until the seen and temporal fails us in some way.
Most of the time people look for help everywhere except the Lord. Isaiah 31 tells us “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, and trust in horsemen because they are very strong, but they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!” As long as our temporal source or “horsemen” are strong we will continue to rely on them but thank God they eventually do fail us. It is usually only after all of our resources fail that we truly look to God. With this in mind we discover that what appears to be a failure, loss or breakdown is really a blessing for this is the path to God opening us for his plan.
Once our hope is fully grounded in the Lord we’ll begin to focus more and more on the unseen. This life continuously gives us opportunities to reevaluate what is most important. Even though our outer man is decaying our inner man is being renewed day by day. I pray that we will learn to look not at what is seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. Lord teach us to look through the eyes of the Spirit to see what you’re up to.
Written by Louie