Glancing and gazing – Hope 103.2

Glancing and gazing

By David ReayThursday 16 Oct 2014LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read 2 Corinthians 4:18

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather,we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone,but the things we cannot see will last forever. (NLT)

We so often gaze fixedly at our various problems and cast mere passing glances at the great realities of God. This causes us to become overwhelmed by immediate circumstances. God becomes sidelined,a bit player in our life story. We gaze at what troubles us and glance at who may help us.

Paul expresses this perspective in our text today. Our focus is to be on the greater,if mostly unseen,realities of the mercy and power of God. The problems we now face are real and require attention,but there is a greater reality requiring greater attention. The things we confront here and now are to be placed in a wider context which enables us to better handle them in any case.

Paul did not deny his hardships,but he didn’t let them be his last word either. He admitted them,and endured their sometimes unfortunate consequences. But it seems his focus was fixed elsewhere: on the enabling power of God,and the love of God expressed in Jesus.

To gaze at our problems and glance at God is to become problem-centred. To glance at our problems and gaze at God allows us to be God-centred.

David Reay