IS PERCEPTION REALITY?

The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.
1 KINGS 19:14

The CEO walked into his manufacturing plant only to observe an employee standing by idly, not working. Angrily, he walked over to him, peeled off a $100 bill and gave it to the man: “Here, go spend your time elsewhere!” The man looked at the CEO somewhat puzzled, but left with the $100.
 
“How long has that man worked for us?” said the CEO to another worker.
 
“Well, sir, he doesn’t work for us; he is only the delivery man” was the reply.
 
Perception is not always reality. Elijah was in a crisis. Jezebel wanted to kill him. The nation was falling to Baal worship. From Elijah’s vantage point, it was all over. He was the only prophet remaining in all the land who had not bent his knee to the idol of Baal. He wanted to die.
 
Then the Lord sent His angel to correct Elijah’s perception. The angel said, “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him” (1 Kings 19:18). There were 7,000 like him that Elijah knew nothing about!
 
Whenever things are going poorly, there is a temptation to believe that God is not working in the situation. We may even believe that our life is over. Everything from our vantage point is dark. We see no future. However, even in these times,
 
God is orchestrating His plan behind the scenes. He is accomplishing His purposes. But we need a fresh perspective on our situation.
 
Do you need a reality check on your situation? Ask God to show you the truth. It may be very different than your perception.

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.


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