“It’s not our job to question what He’s doing with our lives. He has purpose for it, and we just have to trust Him and know that His plan is the right way.” –Sam Bradford
With the hysteria over the current world economic crisis and the fear of global warming, I would like to share a few of Raymond C. Kelcy’s thoughts concerning the realities of our Christian life on planet earth./1
Dr. Kelcy made these remarks in his lecture entitled “Seeing the Invisible”:
One of the great reasons Paul was able to live as he lived, preach as he preached, and endure as he endured is stated in 2 Corinthians 4:18. He said, “We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.” This was also the secret of an Old Testament saint, Moses. The writer of Hebrews tells us that he “endured, as seeing him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27).
Many people cannot see the unseen; their eyes are only on the tangible things which are made of dust and will return to dust. The things which are seen are temporal. There is nothing which can be seen with the physical eye that will endure the ravages of time. Father Time in his destructive march moves on and effaces every mark that human hands have made. Men may feel that they have erected something that will endure, but their hopes are in vain. All human works will perish. All treasures laid up here on the earth will be corrupted and consumed by moth and rust, or thieves will break through and steal.
Only those who see the unseen realities are fixing their gaze on the eternal. The things which are not seen are eternal, and God is invisible (Colossians 1:16). He must be seen by the eye of faith for we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). The spirit of man, in contrast with the physical body, cannot be seen ( 2 Corinthians 4:6 and Romans 7:22). Those who see only the visible live as if there were nothing to man but dust; those who can see the unseen live in recognition of the fact that we are akin to our Maker and are going back to Him.
Yes, life on earth is perplexing and painful. When our eyes are fixed on fleeting temporal struggles, we lose heart. Instead, let us hold fast to the eternal, and focus our eyes on the creator. Christian, are you up for the task?
“Time is filled with swift transition,
Naught of earth unmoved can stand.
Build your hopes on things eternal,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand.”
1/ Dr. Raymond C. Kelcy died in 1986. On April 20, 2007, I shared his thoughts on Hermeneutics in an article entitled, Figurative Language.