Farsighted Vision

By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king. He endured by looking to Him who is invisible.

— Hebrews 11:27

The Bible gives us examples of both shortsightedness and farsighted vision. Certainly it was shortsighted for Eve and Adam to contemplate only the immediate delight and satisfaction that would come from eating the forbidden fruit. They didn’t take the long look at the consequences that would come.

Abraham, on the other hand, was a man of great vision. We are told that he sought a city whose builder and maker was God, though he passed through many of the cities of this world. He was looking for something that had foundations, something permanent, something that would last—a city whose builder and maker was God.

Moses is a prime example of a man with farsighted vision. We are told that he endured, seeing Him who is invisible. That is what we are called upon to do. We are not to look merely upon the things that are seen, things that are temporal, but upon the things that are unseen and eternal.

Yet most people spend more time planning for a two-week vacation than for where they are going to spend eternity. How many people have told me that they are ready to die, because they have made out their will and they have bought a burial plot. That is not adequate preparation. Let us look beyond this world and see things from an eternal perspective.

Question to ponder:
How is your present affected by the eternal?