What do we want to see?

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: 2 Cor 4:13-5:10; Ps 113-114

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
2 Corinthians 5:6-8
So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

What does Paul mean when he says he walked by faith, and not by sight? Does he mean that he closes his eyes when he walks, trusting God to lead him and keep him from danger? I don’t think so! It is clear that he is repeating an idea he introduced at the end of chapter 4, that what is seen is temporal while what is unseen is eternal – therefore we should focus on what cannot be seen! Don’t focus on your ailing body, Paul says. Instead, look to the One who will give you a new one! Don’t find fulfilment from food, drink and worldly pleasures. Rather, find joy and rest in God’s presence though the Holy Spirit.

Some years back, I learnt a precious lesson, i.e. you can only see what you expect to see. I was on the island of Komodo, learning how to spot Komodo dragons. At first, it was impossible to see them even if they were right in front of you, for they blended into the environment perfectly. But after some time, my eyes were trained to see the “unseen”. Yes, just because we cannot see something doesn’t prove that it is not there. Those who don’t believe in God cannot see Him because they don’t expect to. But for those who walk by faith, we can discern the invisible and discover the eternal. The question is – are we so satisfied with the seeable that we no longer search for the Seekable?

Psalm 113:4-5
The Lord is high above all nations,
His glory above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God,
Who dwells on high!