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 4:18
We are created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26)! When God encountered a seemingly impossible situation in the beginning (Genesis 1:2), he did not focus on the perceived lack or obstacle but simply said "let there be light" or light be (Genesis 1:3). The darkness had no power!
The same is true in our own lives. The more we focus on our perceived obstacles and challenges, the more power we give those things. Conversely, the more we focus on the Word God has spoken to us, the less power we give those dark areas that inevitably pop up in our lives. While we do not necessarily have to deny the existence of problems, we also do not have to study or focus on them. When we focus on God's Word, the Spirit, or the unseen realm, we are focusing on a realm that is unshakeable and eternal! Do not focus on problems that may have arisen in your life this week or on today. Remember that there is one Lord, one power, one mind, and one presence and focus on that truth!
My grace is sufficient for you, My strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9
At some point in life, there will be times when we feel like we are standing utterly and totally alone! Some people refer to these experiences as dry places or being in the wilderness. While we walk in the strength of Christ at all times, today’s Scripture reminds us that God’s strength is made “PERFECT” in us during these times! Too often in life, people are afraid to go against the grain and walk alone so to speak because they forget that they are joined with the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:17). We never have as much support as when we have the support of God alone! If we truly understood the eternal realm, we would not be discouraged but encouraged during these times because 2 Corinthians 12:10 goes on to state, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Additionally, regardless of how things appear in the visible realm, we have everything we need already (1 Corinthians 3:21). Let us remember that God’s grace is sufficient for every situation and encourage others of this reality as well!
And the earth was without form, and void. Genesis 1:2
In life, often there appears to be confusion in our lives right before order appears! In Genesis 1, the Scripture tells us that "the earth was without form, and void." The words "without form" is the word "tohuw" in the Hebrew. One of the meanings of the word "tohuw" is confusion. This suggests that there appeared to be confusion before order was manifested in the creation of the world.
Have you ever been cleaning or even remodeling a room and dug everything out of the drawers or closets or had building materials all around and it looked like a mess? Essentially, there was deconstruction before construction. Chances are, after THE PROCESS was completed though, there was a beautiful finished room or product! Perhaps you are in THE PROCESS of dealing with a wayward child, financial hardships, or a fractured relationship of some sort. God did not focus on the perceived confusion as He created the world but simply called "those things which do not exist as though they did" (Romans 4:17). If you are undergoing a confusing process on today, know that it is only temporary!