Looking at the Unseen
II Corinthians 4:16-18
Randy was a graduate of Harvard business school. He started a company in Massachusetts called vision control incorporated.
He produces contacts lens for chickens. You see chickens become cannibalistic on chicken farms. And in a terrible display of foul play slay some ten-percent of their fellow inmates every year. But when they wear Randy rose color tinted glasses it cuts back on their cannibalism 5 percent. He certainly has found a nitch in the market for Vision Incorporate.
Paul in our text today shares with us some thoughts on seeing the invisible. In II Corinthians 4:16 Paul gives us this word of encouragement. Paul tells us that believing is seeing.
To the majority if I see it I will believe it. In Hebrews 11:1 the writer says when you live by faith you live out of an invisible world as if the invisible is the real.
But the word of God tells us if you can see it then it won't last. If you cannot see it it will last and one day you will see it. And God sustains those who live out of invisible sources.
I. OUR PRESENT PROBLEMS
2 Cor. 4:16
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
Paul says he was crowded but not crushed.
V. 8 "troubled on every side, yet not distressed."
The word "troubled" means "to crowd". Paul experienced troubles, and trials to the point to where it all was closing in on him.
I think we refer to this condition today as being "stressed". Yet, Paul said though I am crowded, I am not crushed!
Paul tells us he was doubting but not despairing. V.8
The word "perplexed" means "to have no way out". There were times in his life when he literally felt "at a loss." Yet, Paul said, I am not in despair. Now this statement is definitely a play of words.
Literally Paul is saying..."There are times when I feel "at a loss" but not "totally at a loss". He was filled with do ...
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