“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
II Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV
I like to watch old videos depicting how things used to be. It is amusing to look at life in a bygone era, when life appeared to have purpose and everything seemed just a bit more simple. When I look at the past, these days, I am struck by how much our society has gone into
retrograde, how it has reverted back to an inferior state.
Our world, has begun to disintergrate right before our eyes. I watched as Rotterdam, the Netherlands, devolved into riots and strife over curfews. I am seeing similar things around the globe.
When I look at this world, it seems like there is no peace anywhere. World society is falling into disorder, as humanity appears to be hyperventilating, as it desperately tries to draw in its last breath.
On the personal level, I see my own body crumbling, slowly going into its own retrograde, as flesh goes to distruction. Dust to dust, ashes to ashes.
In the midst of all the seeming entrope going on around me, I marvel at what God is doing within me. He is making me new. Each day, I see the new growth as the Holy Spirit reclaims yet another bit of who I am from the evil one. I rejoice in the unseen.
Reading in Ii Corinthians chapter 4, I was struck by the reality that my life is moving in two different directions, simultatiously. As my body goes into retrograde, my soul is in prograde, as the Lord prepares me for the eternal, the time when this failing body will give way to the eternal, glorified one that will never wear out.
I am living with my attention on that blessed hope, as I seek to survive in these days where everything seems to be passing away. It is easy to look at the general decay of our nation and world, and become very weary. I have learned that it is best to look up to God, and know that He is near. Our help comes from the Lord.
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.”
Psalms 121:1-7 NKJV
I try to begin each day looking to the hills.
Those of us who have been forgiven our sins, have an alternative reality with in us. We are part of a different storyline, written in a different book, where we already know the end.
We know that Jesus has the victory, that true justice will prevail, and it will not be undone. In these perilous times, I habitually lift my eyes up and past the turmoil going on in front of me.
I urge you, brothers and sisters, to look to the Lord today and lift your eyes up. Look past the things that so easily draw your attention, and focus on the Lord and what He is about to do. Remember, we inherit a kingdom that cannot be shaken.
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”
Hebrews 12:28 NKJV
Let us go forth and serve the Lord with boldness and confidence, because we know the outcome. Let not fear cause us to cower, but may we instead proclaim the Gospel to the world.
I think of the disciples in the upper room in one accord, waiting on the promise of the Helper. I am sure they had fear and I am sure there were those who felt as if they did not want to ever leave that room. Then the Spirit of God fell upon them.
They were empowered to go out and confront the very same powers that had earlier crucified Jesus. They stood streadfast, unlearned men marked only by the time the spent with Jesus.
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”
Acts 4:13 NKJV
Let us spend time with Jesus, as we pray for one another, study the Scriptures, and share the Gospel. May it be said of us, as we stand in prograde, fighting the decay as we preach the eternal Gospel and the hope of the Resurrection: they were with Jesus.
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