“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18) (NKJV)
The average believer usually feels harassed and oppressed when his desires are not met for the simple reason that his focus is on things he can see. As children of God, we are admonished to put our eyes on things we cannot see, because such things are eternal, and in fact determines what the eyes can see.
Our focus must be on God’s promises for us (Phil. 3:13) and not on our past failures or achievements (2 Cor. 4:18). The future that God has ordained for us is much bigger and glorious than what the mind of any man can conceive.
God’s purpose for our lives (Jer. 29:11) will not be accomplished if we keep focusing on the things happening around us today. Men like Paul overcame all odds to fulfill the plan of God because they put their eyes on the future (2 Tim. 4:8).
Even our Lord Jesus Christ is sitting at the right hand of God today because for the joy set before Him, He dared to endure the cross (Heb. 12:2). No one can win a race by looking back in the course of the race.
God has made available for us in this world all of our hearts desire (Matt. 7:11) and God cannot lie (Num. 23:19). God loves us (Ps. 8:4-8) but for us to be able to enjoy His promises, we must pay attention to His word. God has given us all things that pertain to our present existence, but this can only be accessed through the knowledge of Him (2 Peter 1:3).
God wants us not only to know Him but also to serve Him in an acceptable way (Rom. 12:1). God rewards those who diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6) and not those who think that they are serving Him.
God is very particular about His kingdom (Matt. 6:33). He wants the knowledge of His glory to cover the earth as the water covers the sea (Hab. 2:14). We are the ones He will use to accomplish this. Each person must find a way on a daily basis as a matter of priority to deliberately advance the kingdom of God. This is what it means to seek Him first (Matt 6:33).