The Power of Our Perceptions

You see it your way, I see it mine. This is truth to me, that is truth to you. In this day and age of relativism and the rejection of any absolute truth, our perceptions tend to rule as the final authority in how we think and behave. After preaching more than one passionate sermon, (which was not politically nor religiously correct) I have had people confront me with the statement, “That is your side of the truth.” Yet, the Word is the Word and I refuse to back down.

On the other hand, I have had to realize through the years that “my” side of the truth, concerning situations I have been faced with, may have indeed been skewed. I have believed in people I should not have. I have not believed in others I should. I have made the best possible decisions I could with the situations before me, and yet in hind sight I was wrong. I didn’t want to be wrong, but I was. Why? Because my perceptions of the people and circumstances were biased.

Don’t sit there and read this and not realize you too have done the exact same thing. We let our perceptions of people and situations guide us rather than digging more deeply for the truth. We settled for what we thought was right without once questioning ourselves or others involved.

Our perceptions of people, places, and things may very well be more powerful than the truth, if we choose to walk by those perceptions. For example, once the religious leaders determined Jesus was “not of God”, there was nothing He could say, do, or demonstrate that could change their minds. Their perception, the way they thought about Him, caused them to miss the absolute truth concerning who He was.

The Lord gave us a powerful truth concerning our perceptions in:

Isaiah 6:9 (NASB95)
9 He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.’

Without getting into a much longer dissertation, the issue at hand was the state of the people’s hearts. When the heart is not right, not open, not softened to the voice of God, it really doesn’t matter how much truth is heard or demonstrated in our midst, our perceptions will blind us.

For the record, there is absolute truth in every situation when the presence of God and the Word of God becomes the measuring stick. It’s just much easier to go with our perceptions than it is to do the dirty work of digging the truth out. We hate being proven wrong and we fear that which might horribly disappoint us in others, as well as ourselves.

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