Reality Check

Have you ever been there where you just want to get away? Where you just want to escape the mundane? Where you just want to get out of the same ole’ rut?

I’ve been there. I’m still there. If you told the truth, you probably are there too. You just want to escape reality. Kenny Chesney has a new song on the radio called “Reality” which emphasizes this feeling. This feeling where it just doesn’t look like you can escape, get out, be set free. You might go on vacation or maybe get away from it temporarily on the weekends, but as soon as you return from your trip and as soon as Monday rolls around, you are right back in the same place, same spot, same trap, stuck in reality.

So what do you do? How do you escape? The Apostle Paul sheds some insight on this in 2 Corinthians 4. This is what he writes “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (See 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT)

Paul is saying that we should not look at reality, but we should focus on what God has said. We should not look at our situation, but we should focus on our God. When what we see doesn’t match up with what God said, we need to have faith and trust that God is going to do what He has promised. The enemy wants to have us focus on the reality of our situation instead of the faithfulness of our God. We need to remember that greater is what God has put inside of us than an circumstance the enemy can put around us.

This is why, when we don’t feel like a conqueror, God calls us more than conquerors. When we feel defeated, God says He always leads us to victory. This is why scripture says let the poor say I am rich. Let the weak say I am strong. Because even though reality might say I am broke, I know that the Bible says that my God owns a cattle on a thousand hills, that the righteous are never forsaken and their children never beg for bread, and that my God will supply all my needs. Reality might say I am weak, but the Bible says that the joy of the Lord is my strength; that it’s not by might, nor by power, but it’s by the Spirit of the Lord; and that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

So the next time you are having a reality check, trust in God to be faithful to His Word.

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