2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV) So 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.
The other day I was thinking about how often we fix our eyes on our immediate situation and surroundings – forgetting the promises of God, forgetting his faithfulness in the past, and forgetting our ultimate purpose and destination.
A while back I was reading in Exodus when God brought the Israelites out of Egypt. He had been faithful to get them out; to lead them through the Red Sea, destroying the Egyptian army; he fed them, led them, provided for them, and set them apart. Then Moses goes up on the mountain to meet with God to receive instructions for the building of the tabernacle and the Ten Commandments. He’s gone for 40 days and the Israelites start grumbling… again.
Exodus 32:1 says this: When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”
They took their eyes off of God and set them on temporary things that wouldn’t do them any good.
How often do we or are we tempted to do that? We take our eyes off the eternal and fix them on ‘gods’ that feel will fix our immediate wants/needs. We depend upon ourselves instead of trusting in the One who created us. We think we have better ideas. How foolish we can be.
May we always keep our eyes fixed on our Creator.