So for any that have been following my blog in recent weeks you will recall that I recently posted a blog entitled “Your Current Condition is Not Your Conclusion – Part 1 of 2.” In that post I sought to point out that those who put their faith and trust in Christ and Christ alone are ultimately a victorious people. And that is true. We are. However, sometimes the reality of life is that we don’t feel like we are. It may be that we are in heated battles of spiritual warfare, or just weighed down by the normal and generally “uphillish” realities of life that all, both the just and the unjust, face.
So, how can we be assured as believers that in all of these things we are victorious? Well in short, it is because God says so, and who can argue with God? So if the God of the universe says we are secure and victorious in Him through trusting in the sacrifice of His Son for our lives, then we can take this promise to the bank. And we can know that it is both a reality for us now, and for all eternity.
But some will say, well, if we are so victorious as Christ-followers then why is it that sometimes it seems like we are losing? Why does it seem at times that we don’t win the victory? How come it seems like sometimes the enemy has triumphed over us? Whether it’s that we prayed in faith for a loved one (or ourselves) to be healed and the prognosis got worse, not better. Or that we were being faithful to raise our children up in the Lord and follow God in obedience and then one day they got killed in a car accident by a junk driver? How can we still claim victory in these circumstances and sooo many others that just seem impossible to see as “for our good?”….
Well here’s how. We grab hold to the secret. The secret the Apostle Paul discovered, and looked to and leaned on in difficult times. Times when it seemed like he was the victim and not the victor. It is the secret he commended to the believers in Corinth and that he commends to all believers for all ages. And it is this: to “…look not to the things that are seen, but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient (temporal), but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18). So then you might ask – well, what is the unseen thing that we are to look at that causes us to know that we are victorious no matter what, if we are in Christ? I’m glad you asked. It is the promise found in the verse right before this one that assures us that “…this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison”(2 Corinthians 4:17).
Wow! What great news that is for the believer! That, not only are all the afflictions we endure down here lightweight things when matched up against the longevity of eternity, but that those very things are actually working to produce for us a glory beyond the grave that will be for all eternity and beyond all comparison! Man, if that doesn’t make you want to shout Hallelujah, I don’t know what will!! 🙂
So in closing, know this: that whatever your current condition is now– if you are in Christ – you have an eternal hope awaiting you that will take you and me beyond this brief momentary life with all its afflictions, into an eternal glory that is beyond all comparison.
So do pray that God will deliver you from whatever you are experiencing now. But know this. That whatever the outcome, whether in life or in death, your current condition is nothing compared to our glorious conclusion if you are in the arms of Christ as your hope!