Is Perception Reality?

There are many authors that I follow and love to learn from.  Os Hillman is one of these authors ( http://www.marketplaceleaders.org/  ).  I wanted to share one of the commentaries he recently sent out on the subject of perception vs reality.  I find this particularily meaningful because we all look at what is happening in our immediate lives and feel that this is all there is. This is so far from the truth.  Unfortunately, we feed our minds with the onslaught of media and are often exposed to violent and overwhelming negative images.  Too often this becomes our reality.  The media is often  designed to elicit our reactions of fear and/or titillation.  Rarely does it present us with the everyday goodness of life, even though that is the majority and the other stuff is the minority of what is real.  Embrace the words of Os Hillman as he quotes a story from the bible.

Is Perception Reality?
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Wednesday, September 22 2010

“Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” (1 Kings 19:18).

One the great acts of the prophet Elijah took place at Mount Carmel where he called down fire upon the altar of Baal and slaughtered 400 prophets of Baal. I have been to Mount Carmel in Israel and stood upon this mountain where this took place. Once the miracle took place Elijah was forced to flee because Jezebel swore to take his life for what he did.

Elijah went into depression after this event. He fled to the desert and sat under a broom tree and asked God to let him die. He was so discouraged because he felt he was the only godly prophet left in the land of Israel. This is often what happens after God does a significant work through us. Satan comes along and wants to steal what God has done and bring the servant of God down. Satan makes us believe a lie about our situation. This was the case for Elijah.

Elijah’s perception was not reality. He thought he was the last of the prophets. He could not see what God was doing. God informed Elijah that there were actually seven thousand of His representatives in the land who had not bowed down to Baal. Now give some thought to that statement. Elijah thought he was the only one left. God says there are 7,000 left! What a discrepancy in perception and reality.

This is often the case for you and I. We look at our situations and conclude based on the circumstances that reality must be this way. But God says, “No, you do not see what I see or what I know or what I am doing. The situation is very different than what you are perceiving.”

Be careful not to draw conclusions about your situation that may not be based on truth. God always has a plan for His servants that we may not know about. Ask God to give you His perception of the situation, not yours.

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