Again, I cannot take claim to the following idea but when I heard it, it was an “aha” moment for me and I thought I would share it.
The difference between reality and truth.
Don’t we wonder why what we may be experiencing doesn’t seem to match up with what the Bible says? Let’s get real. You know it is true.
Here’s how I interpreted what was said (and I admit it may not be what was meant): Reality is what it is. It is our experiences in life. We really have a flat tire, got cut off on the expressway, have no money to pay the overdue electric bill, broke our nail, miss our friends that moved away, are way overdue to clean the house and forgot our lunch money; and that’s just today.
That is our reality.
What is Truth? How does Truth inform our reality?
Is it true that God provides for our needs?
and my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness 2 Peter 1:3
Is it true that God cares for us?
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Is it true that He is our help when trouble comes our way?
But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble. Psalm 37:39
Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is with those who uphold my life. Psalm 54:4
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
In a sense, Truth transcends reality. Reality is in constant flux. Truth never changes.
If we go through life focused on reality – we live only in the temporal- that which is passing away. If, on the other hand we focus on Truth, we live in light of eternity and it will impact the way we experience reality.
One day, reality and Truth will be one and the same thing, but not yet. Until that day, be in the constant effort to view your reality through the lens of Truth.
Be encouraged. God’s Truth never changes even in the midst of our ever-changing reality.
After serving 16 years full-time on the staff of America’s Keswick, Diane Hunt and her husband moved to North Carolina where she continues to serve part-time as a contributing writer and Partner Care Consultant. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at email@example.com.