Don’t Be Distracted by That Which Is Temporary
By Barry Bennett
“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.” —2 Corinthians 4:16-18
The Roman Empire was temporary.
Hitler and the Nazi party were temporary.
Imperial Japan was temporary.
Past worldwide plagues were temporary.
Economic collapses of the past were temporary.
No matter what the world has suffered, it has all been temporary. Those crises have passed. Our current upheavals are temporary. We feel we must be in the end times because these things are happening to us in the here and now, but far worse circumstances have shaken the world in the past. There was much more human suffering and tragedy during the Civil War, WWI, and WWII. Slavery and genocide, nations conquering nations and injustices have been going on since the beginning.
Certainly, we are closer to the coming of the Lord than ever before, but our temporary discomfort does not necessarily mean He must come now to deliver us. Christians and others have suffered incredibly for the last 2,000 years. This is nothing new.
Our nation is being shaken by forces of evil. In the here and now, it may look permanent, but in the scope of history, it is temporary. It is “our light affliction which is but for a moment.” We must keep our eyes on the things that are not seen if we are to successfully navigate the times in which we live.
Jesus ministered to Israel during Roman occupation. His message was not against Rome, but rather a message of the Kingdom of God. We can preach the Kingdom of God and the cross of Jesus in any circumstance. Our lives may not be as comfortable as they once were, but it is temporary. The Kingdom and eternal life are forever.
Let’s keep our eyes on the eternal.