There is a God, but He doesn’t think about us or care about us.-Various People
There is a God, but He is not in control and powerful like some say.
There is a God, but I don’t really need Him in my life, I am doing just fine.
God is just a crutch for weak people.
There is no God.
All of those things mentioned above are words I have heard myself as a way of describing who God is or is not. The levels of deception behind each of those statements is astonishing. The worst part of it all is that those making these statements, have no idea how deceived they have become.
Perception is both everything and nothing.
How you view the world, others, particular incidents, and God are all dependent upon your perception of a given situation. This is where the saying, ‘there are three sides to every story’ came from; my story, your story, and the truth. This is because we all have different vantage points in which we perceive daily interactions.
It is important to note that just because ‘that is the way you see/perceive it’ does not mean that is the way others and especially God sees it. The Bible tells us His thoughts are higher than ours, and His way are higher than our ways. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Believing that your own experiences, knowledge, and ways are the ONLY possible answer, view, or belief is not only prideful and lacks empathy, but also shows a clear lack of willingness to get to the actual facts or a beneficial solution.
This is perception deception.
Believing we are ultimately in control, that we know best, or that ‘our truth’ is the only possibility of truth are a few characteristics of those who are living in perception deception.
Now, don’t be discouraged we are all guilty of this at one time or another. In fact, I would venture to say that this is a large struggle area for many.
Let us take a look at a more trivial example.
When watching your favorite football team play their Sunday night game, you see a player pull off an amazing play and score a touchdown. You are excited, jump up off the couch, “YES!” you scream.
Only to be followed by, there is a flag on the play; one referee is saying that the player stepped out of bounds, the other is saying the touchdown is good.
This is usually when you see the players start arguing their point of view and your household suddenly becomes expert referee’s doing the same.
From one perspective it looks as if the touchdown is good, from another it seems clear that the player was slightly out of bounds when running the ball.
The good news is that in football, contrary to real life, we have a video that we can review, slow down, and view different angles. The game is stopped and the play is reviewed to be sure the correct call was made.
Could you imagine how many wrong calls would be made if there was no video to review or only one camera angle?
This example is a lot like our life; only we do not get a video to review on our decision’s, actions, or interactions after they have happened. We often go through life taking every interaction in and processing it through our own perception’s and than act or react to it accordingly.
The problem with this is that you are processing it through YOUR perspective which is only one sided, at best. You are failing to take in to account the other person’s perspective; as well as the third perspective, the truth (God’s Perspective).
So in one sense our perception is everything because it is like our inner measuring tool on how we interact daily. However, in the same way our perception is nothing because ultimately the Bible tells us that God is in control and His ways and thoughts are higher than ours.
That means all the perceptions we have that are built in deception from terrible life experiences, circumstances out of our control, actions/words of others, to past hurt and trauma do NOT have to be the basis of our perspective, define who we are or who God is, or how we have to view the world and others in it.
“Your potential is the sum of all possibilities that God has for your life. And the truth is, you’ve absolutely no way to comprehend all of the possibilities that an all-wise, all-knowing, infinite God sees. You cannot know with your finite mind and your limited perspective all that He knows. ” -Passion and Purpose Bible Study
What I am getting at here is ask yourself these questions about the way you perceive the world today.
Could it be coming from a place of deception?
Could it be misguided or mislead?
Could your worldview be skewed by a number of tragedies that you experienced?
Is it possible your living life with a damaging perspective of yourself, the world, and others?
Could it come from a place of hurt and trauma, instead of the unfailing or unchanging Word of God?
I encourage you today to truly be open and honest with yourself. Truly reflect on the way you perceive your life, relationships, and everyday interactions. Ask God to guide you, show you the areas in which you need set free through His truth, and pray for clarity and understanding as you seek Him through the Word of God, the Bible.