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What Do You See?

Friday - August 14th Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: 2 Kings 6:8-17

Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 7:13-20

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.

2 Corinthians 4:18



A Google Earth user discovered what they believe to be a '400ft ice ship' lying in an iceberg about 100 miles from Antarctica. The massive ice structure was discovered on Google Earth south of New Zealand and looked a lot like a cruise liner with a line of windows and a host of chimneys. Conspiracy theorists have run amuck. If you look at the pictures, the 3D graphic imaging of the land and the sea provide a lot of fodder for some pretty wild theories.

Some believe the imaging of the ice and snow reveals a possible ancient civilization. Others see an abandoned World War II Nazi naval base. There are as many theories as there are people. What do you see in the pictures posted in this devotional? We might all see something different. It is a matter of perspective.

Even with perfect 2020 vision, we cannot begin to see everything God can see. After all, He is God. He sees everything. But as we walk with Him in His Word, we get glimpses of what we usually could not see. We see truths that should open our eyes to that which is eternal. We should lift our eyes above the physical world and see the spiritual battle that rages around us every day. It, too, is a matter of perspective.

In 2 Kings chapter six, the Prophet Elisha and his servant wake up surrounded one morning by one of Israel's greatest enemies, the armies of Aram. The servant goes out early and returns, telling Elisha they are surrounded by Aram's men and will never escape. Elisha asked God to allow his servant's eyes to be opened to a vastly different army. One that could not usually be seen.

When the servant's eyes were opened briefly, he knew no harm could come to him. He saw a ring of warrior angels ready to defend him and Elisha. The angel armies would fight so that the enemy would not crush the two servants of God.

Do you feel surrounded and overwhelmed? Remember that God's angels surround you. His invisible armies are gathered around you to protect you. Because of what he saw, Elisha's servant stood ready to take on the world for the cause of Israel's God. He gained an eternal perspective or vision. You and I can have that kind of perspective too.

Clear vision from God may not help you sort out what you think you see in Antarctica's ice and snow, but it will help you prioritize what is valuable to your God. We may lack the answers to some questions we want answered, but we can focus on what really matters. 2 Corinthians 4:18 says, "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." Elisha's servant began to see what he could not usually see. He saw the eternal. Fix your eyes on that which matters forever!

Open your eyes and see the hope we have that transcends our temporal world to the eternal!

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