Apostle Paul warned the Corinthian church not to fix their eyes on what is seen.
“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.”
~ 2 Corinthians 4:18
We constantly receive information about our environment from our physical senses. And Paul is saying, you can look but don’t fix. Some folks don’t just look at their external circumstances, they are fixated on them.
To fix your eyes means to look intently and continuously on something. It implies that you have your whole mind consumed by that. You meditate on it. Then you base every decision on it. Every analysis you conduct, everything about yourself, hinges on that. Your expectations in life are now dependent on that.
Some folks unfortunately take it further; they even see God through their circumstances! Their understanding of God is colored by their experiences in life. As mighty as God is, and despite the many promises He has made to us in His word, some folks can’t just appreciate any of that.
They also look at everybody else through their circumstances. Their whole world is defined by their circumstances. They speak what they see around them. They brood over what’s happening around them. They even make projections for the future based on what is currently going on in their lives. And you know why? It is because their eyes are fixed on the externals. Their whole consciousness is inundated with the facts of their lives.
But I would like you to not fix your eyes on your externals. You might notice it. There’s nothing wrong with noticing your negative external circumstances; but then look at somewhere else. Don’t obsess about it. Your God is bigger than your circumstances. Don’t fixate on them. There is more to your life than what your physical senses tell you. You have God on your side.
Definitely, the negative facts of your life will sometimes come to your mind. You may wonder, ‘Why is this in my life? Well this is not supposed to be; but God is in charge.’ You know what happened here? You saw it but you didn’t fix your eyes on it. You didn’t look intently on it. Rather, you shifted your focus to God. And interestingly, you notice that the next time you check, those things are gone.
This is what God is saying to you at this season. Fix your eyes on what is unseen. For what is unseen is eternal. The intangibles of your life are more important than the tangibles. Focus on that which endures.