For most of us, resisting sin is a daily battle. The strength and energy to defeat it, to continually defeat it, is not within us. We have victories and we have failures. Near the 50/50 mark if I’m doing well and slightly embellishing, often more like 20/80 when I’m distracted and out of center with God. Sin and temptation have a way of popping up, getting in our line of sight, being in our view. Over and over, the eyes betray me. The Bible says to gouge them out if they cause me to sin, I think that may be a little drastic, but that was the point, and it isn’t lost on me.
Sin is a black hole, it will suck us in and never release us. It’s a one way ticket, not to paradise, but to a life apart. The things I can see, the things that find their way into my sight, are the things that influence my thoughts and actions. People, places and things, the nouns of the world, if not dealt with, will run us if we allow them to. The things I can see are the things I covet, the things I despise, the things that lead to greed, and the things that cause lust. Even as I pray, “God deliver me from these temptations, God fix my eyes on you” my flesh grows weaker and more susceptible by the second. The things I can see grab my attention as the prayer leaves me mouth like a wisp in the wind and immediately fades from memory. “Why do the things I can see dominate my mind. Lord what is the answer?”
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 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. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Perspective is the answer. That which seems like a mountain of temptation, is but a light affliction compared to the coming glory. God calls it fuel for the fire, the catalyst that produces glory in the eternal, as we persevere. Though our bodies are growing weaker day by day, the affects of this world can’t impact our spirits, the one part of us that is eternal. Our focus must be not on the temporary but on the eternal. What we see is a wisp in the wind, and what we don’t see with our physical eyes, is the unmovable, unchanging never ending and everlasting. That’s where I need to focus.
Lord open the spiritual eyes of people in this generation so we can see what you see, and not be focused on the perishable. God, give me focus and perspective in a world of distractions and temptations.