God created us to look ahead, to anticipate, and to hope.
We make plans and look forward to an event, a completion of a project, a vacation, retirement – even the end of the day when we can rest.
It takes more effort to take a step back and think about life beyond death, but it is attainable.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
God put it in our heart to think about eternity. Even though we cannot possibly grasp all that God has done since the beginning of time – or the beginning of our lives for that matter – doesn’t mean it isn’t real.
When we are hurting and life is difficult and confusing, God wants us to remember eternity.
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, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Perhaps, never before has life been so full of “seen” things that distract us. Our lives are full and overflowing with temporary comfort and satisfaction.
When something goes wrong, those things are reduced and God gets our full attention.
Whether your body is hurting physically, emotionally, or mentally, it is possible to be renewed within (peace, hope, joy). How? Seeing beyond and anticipating eternity where God promises us he will make it right.
Remember, countless numbers of people throughout the centuries who have endured. You can, too.
Earth is our temporary home. Live it, enjoy it.
But always live with a view of eternity and the culmination of perfection yet to come!