Hebrews 11:25-27 (CJB)
25 He chose being mistreated along with God’s people rather than enjoying the passing pleasures of sin. 26 He had come to regard abuse suffered on behalf of the Messiah as greater riches than the treasures of Egypt, for he kept his eyes fixed on the reward.
27 By trusting, he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered as one who sees the unseen.
So many steps of this journey are taken towards an unseen end. We must continue to choose to walk through the misunderstanding, the unresponses, and the mistreatment. We choose to be kind, we choose to have courage, we choose a place that is uncomfortable and unknown. WE choose to believe that there is more in life and that extending ourselves on behalf of another is never wasted.
Keeping my eyes fixed...asking for the Holy Spirit's vision to see and persevere towards the unseen goal. I cannot go too far if I do not have a purpose and a plan but so often my vision is cut short by the immediate in front of me and the temptation to get stuck in the confusion of emotion. I must constantly yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit and learn the discipline of fixing my eyes on the unseen reward.
May you keep your eyes fixed! May you persevere as one who sees the unseen! May you know the surpassing greatness of His power working in you!
18 I pray that he will give light to the eyes of your hearts, so that you will understand the hope to which he has called you, what rich glories there are in the inheritance he has promised his people, 19 and how surpassingly great is his power working in us who trust him.