And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) Genesis 13:10 (ESV)
What we see may be deceptive. We see people that look good, caring, decent, good Christians, all these and more are outward acts of a person but what really goes on in a person’s life can be known better to those who are close to them and other acts are only known by the person himself. “Not all that glitters is gold” some of the so called good Christians are considered evil by their spouses. Outside they are pious and holy but on the inside are abusive and not loving among other evil characters that people can posses. The outward appearance is usually very appealing, but what matters is the inside. That which is not publicly displayed. God created everything perfect, but sin came and distorted that perfection hence, the twisted and impaired view of God’s will. Ellen White states the following; “The mind is so deluded that it cannot reason intelligently, and an illusion is continually leading it from purity” (Adventist Home p.330).
The eyes see and the mind interprets. This interpretation is the basis of the next step or action. If the mind ‘sees’ it as good, then the rest will go toward that direction. But how many times is this image or interpretation right? As a result of sin, the mind’s interpretation cannot be trusted because it can no longer reason wisely. Therefore the eye sees an illusion, a deceiving image is portrayed, and the whole being is led astray. So now the question is, how do we distinguish an illusion from a reality?
Simple. We need wisdom to discern illusions and put the separation between them and reality. How do we get this wisdom? James 1:5 clearly states ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.’ For us to have this discerning power and wisdom, we just need to ask God. We tend to make decisions based on what we see. And many times it is based on illusion.
There is a reality for every illusion and we need to focus on finding that reality that is the only way we would overcome illusions. We need sober minds and alertness as advised in 1 Peter 5:8 ‘Be sober- minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.’ Without a sober and clear mind We cannot be watchful, therefore allowing ourselves to be fooled. But if we seek God and His wisdom we can make right decisions because we are doing so under the influence of God’s spirit.
May we continually seek God and his wisdom so that we may have clear minds and be able to live in reality and not be drawn toward the tempting illusions that come to us from time to time.
-Article by Robert E.