Whose Reality Is It Anyway?
The greatest reality is God’s reality. God’s reality includes all I see and know but it also includes infinitely more. God’s reality incorporates millions and billions of other people. It includes a spiritual realm that I cannot see, that operates with power I can’t even begin to really understand. It includes complex plans that take all the sin and evil that should not be here and works it into God’s plan for good. God’s reality includes
all of the impossible,
all of the nevers and
all of the if onlys…
because nothing is impossible with God.
I find a lot of comfort in these thoughts because the realities of my life, all my senses demand is true, is just not enough for me. The limits of this life, the horrid circumstances we witness and must be a part of as well, I refuse to believe this is all life is about. Cruelty and hatred, the double-edged sword of evil…none of these is supposed to be here, not in this world and not in my heart. Where I was meant to be and where I will one day be has already begun to be revealed here on this broken, crumbling earth.
Restoration of blackened hearts, flowers growing up out of ash, evil plans that will not succeed….that’s the reality of God. Why would we listen to the taunting of the enemy that things are a lost cause, that it would be easier to just give up?
There is a mighty army alongside me, alongside you. Do you see it?
My circumstances can be great or horrible but they do not define me! It’s God who gives me my identity and stands with me in all this life dishes out. The same is true for you. It doesn’t matter to me how weak and pathetic I and my brothers and sisters in Christ may appear, we are mighty soldiers in the army of God and that’s what we must act like.
Should I be downcast that I live in a broken world with evidence of the enemy’s work all around me? Jesus was crucified and those three days before he rose again had to be terrible for all who loved and followed him. But that was not the end of the story.
Jesus rose again.
God shows up.
The real and unspeakable glory all believers will know in heaven, as we are with God forever, face to face, is what we need encourage ourselves with right now, today. We have a possible 100 years here on this earth, much less for many of us, but as endless and difficult as our lives seem some days, we will know it is actually quite short compared to eternity, millions and millions of years without end in the joyful presence of God.
I have never liked sad endings to stories and today I get why… the true story, God’s story, – the real one – has a wonderful ending. Right now it doesn’t seem that way as we live in a horribly broken and evil world. But this world had a beautiful beginning and we are given the ability to choose a wonderful end with the salvation God freely offers us.
Eternity with God, things as they should’ve been all along…that’s what I live for and that’s the reality that gives me hope and peace and joy despite what each day brings in a difficult life. If you’re living day-to-day with anything but God’s reality, stop trying to make sense of the world with your human eyes and and find out the truth that can only be seen through the eyes of God!
God loves you so much that He sent his only son to die for you and me so that we can have real hope and joy and peace.
Only in the amazing reality of our almighty God does anything in this life make sense.