2 Corinthians 4:18
Circumstances come and circumstances go. One minute you are employed, the next you are told that you are being laid off. One moment you are going along feeling quite healthy and good about life overall, the next minute you are told by a physician that you have a lump in your breast. One minute you are happily married, the next moment your spouse of over 10 years says that they want a divorce. We are constantly faced with and bombarded by circumstances. Jesus even made it clear that "in the world ye shall have tribulation" but He went on to say "but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). The reason we can be of good cheer is because circumstances are always subject to change. That lump that suddenly appeared in your breast for example, can disappear just as quickly. Similarly, that spouse that suddenly stated they want a divorce can opt for reconciliation just as quickly. That is the reason today's Scripture in 2 Corinthians 4:18 tells us the things which are seen are temporal (or subject to change). Everything you can physically see is subject to change! Things in this natural realm are always subject to change. The enemy is always manipulating situations in this natural realm and trying to send thoughts into our mind for us to focus on circumstances because our perception of this realm is dominated by our five physical senses; what we can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. We have to operate on a higher level though if we are going to see victory and the promises of God manifest in our lives. We must look at things which are not seen (such as God and His Word) because these things are eternal (or unchanging/permanent) according to 2 Corinthians 4:18. Don't get so caught up in negative circumstances or what you can perceive by your five physical senses because those things are always subject to change and turn around in your favor. Stay focused on God and His Word. Three times in the Gospels, Jesus stated that "heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Mat 24:35, Mar 13:31, and Luke 21:33). I believe that Jesus emphasized three times that God's Word will stand when everything else shifts or is shifting because He wanted us to realize that the Word is the only thing we can count on that is not subject to change. There is nothing too hard for God (Jeremiah 32:27). Get into God's Word and find the promises that relate to your healing, prosperity, emotional stability, relational soundness, and wholeness. When you do and begin to get them in your heart and speak them out of your mouth in faith, you are sure to see those negative situations change and turn around in your favor!