Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Title: Focussing on what matters
By Wong King Wai
2 Corinthians 4:8 – We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair.
I once sat in a fast ferry travelling across choppy and rough seas. Being a land walker all my life, I was soon feeling nauseous. One trick, it seems, to stop yourself from throwing up is to focus on the destination ahead. Sometimes, because of rough and unstable circumstances, we may get distracted from what we should be focussing on to help us from being discouraged and in despair.
In the fourth chapter of second Corinthians, Paul explains how Jesus resides in him (and obviously, us), and because of this he/we is/are able to endure challenging times. He later goes on to talk about how God’s power that raised Jesus is the same power that will raise us to see both Jesus and God eventually. As a result he says in v16, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” and in v18, he says, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
What I understand from these verses and the entire chapter is how we must keep our focus on what matters. Right now the pandemic doesn’t seem to be abating. Family members and close friends have been touched by the virus in one way or another and we live in constant fear or uncertainty not knowing if life will ever return to normal. Moreover, some struggle with mental health issues after being cooped up at home for extended periods of time.
Like Paul, you and I may feel hard pressed and perplexed with the current situation. But Paul reminds us that the One in us, the One who raised Jesus from the dead, has got you in His hands and while we cannot control what is happening around us, He is ultimately in control and you can rest in His grace and love knowing He will see you through.
One way to cope that I find helpful, is to take a moment to sit quietly, and reflect on how God has seen me through challenging times in my life. I recall those moments when God revealed Himself to me in a real way. This activity helps me to take my eyes off my problems and the current situation and to fix them on my future destination.
You may have other practices that can help you, maybe through prayer, maybe through service, maybe it is taking the Lord’s Supper to remind yourself of Jesus’ and God’s sacrifice for you. Whatever you do, take time to turn your eyes away from your problems and struggles, and fix them upon Jesus. Let Him be your anchor for life.
PRAYER: My Father in Heaven. Thank You for Your grace and mercy and love in my life. Guide me in Your ways and help me to focus on You in the challenging times I am going through. Thank You for always being with me and helping me even when I have been unfaithful. I praise You for who You are and thank You for being the anchor in my life. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.
在哥林多后书第四章，保罗解释了如何因为耶稣住在他里面(显然也住在我们里面)，他/我们能够忍受具挑战的时刻。他后来继续说，上帝使耶稣复活的能力，与使我们最终得看见耶稣和上帝的能力是一样的。因此，他在第16节说：“所以我们不丧胆。外体虽然毁坏，内心却一天新似一天。” 在第18节，他说：“ 原来我们不是顾念所见的，乃是顾念所不见的。因为所见的是暂时的，所不见的是永远的。”