“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 1:6)
“…Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…” (Heb. 12:1-2)
If we believe one thing as Christians it has to be we have an eternal destiny, and through all the temporary and circumstantial afflictions we may face in life “we win!” That is not t say we win, but actually “He wins.” Jesus has won the victory over sin and death on our behalf, and if we truly believe and follow Him in to the kingdom of heaven on earth eternal life in heaven is simply not in question. If we take the long view there is never a doubt, and the enemy knows this. That is why his job is to block our vision of eternity and get us to focus rather on our present circumstances that may not be so wonderful as what is in store.
It’s like looking at a total eclipse of the sun. You know the sun is there, much larger and more magnificent than the moon: pulsating with light, heat, and life. Yet if the moon, a lifeless rock with little to offer, is closer to us and lines up just right it can make itself look larger and more imposing than the sun. Though we know all of this is true, it can almost make us forget the sun is there. And just like looking at an eclipse without proper protection can blind us from seeing the much larger picture, so also can focusing on our circumstances, thereby allowing Satan to make them look larger than our Son. So, don’t let the enemy win by trapping you into looking at his eclipses without your eyes “fixed on Jesus.” It can blind you from much greater things He has in store. They only look big because of where they are craftily positioned in the moment, but nothing when compared to the big picture! Think about it.