Balancing Act

Walk in Wisdom Gleanings from Scripture
Mark 11:1-11; 2 Cor. 4; Ps. 99; 1 Sam. 11-13

Two of our readings today converge to remind us of a central theme of the Bible,
and of living the Christian life: 2 Cor. 4 and 1 Sam. 13. And both address the
need for Believers to live each day, in the steadily growing light of eternity. If
we do not, if we only assess life by the press of the moment, like Saul, we will
make decisions which negatively impact not only our present, but also eternity.
Now the counsel of 2 Cor. 4 is summarized perfectly in the 18th verse: “we
look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for
the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are
eternal.” Digest what is NOT said first. It is not that the things we face now
are unimportant, or unreal or worthless to consider. The controlling thought is
that all that we are in the midst of now – fears, pains, predicaments AND joys,
pleasures and comforts – are all TEMPORARY. They will all pass away, better yet,
they will all GIVE way to the Kingdom which is here, but is yet fully to come. This
then is a most powerful dynamic in our lives, to keep us either from being lured
by the World’s attractions, or buried beneath its woes. All of these things are
fleeting – be they good or bad, lovely or lousy, pleasurable or painful, confusing
or clear. All but what is spiritual and focused upon the Kingdom to come, is
fleeting at best. So it is we are not to base our life upon the temporary and
passing – important as the moment may make them – like Saul facing the threat
of the Philistines while his army dwindled waiting for Samuel – but on the eternal.
What is lasting. What is in harmony with what God is at work in us producing, and
at work in the world, bringing to pass. These are at the most “light affliction,
which is but for a moment” in comparison. Trust Him beloved. Trust His promises.
Trust His love. Don’t be overcome by discouragement OR by promises in this life.
Wait for Him. He won’t be long.


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