Seeing Isn't Always Believing
A scientist surveying an ice shelf two miles from his camp in Antarctica became aware that the tents had enlarged enormously! The camp loomed before his eyes like a city of pyramidal skyscrapers! Then a cloud drifted across the sun and there was a slight change in the wind direction. In the twinkling of an eye the tents disappeared completely, and before him stretched an empty field of snow. Mystified, he dropped to his knees. The camp of brown skyscrapers immediately reappeared. When he arose, it disappeared again.
Much of the Antarctic=s topsy turviness can be explained by comparing it to a great hall or mirrors in the sky. The illusions are caused by the bending of light as it passes through warm and cold layers of air. There are double and triple sunrises and sunsets. Ships sail upside down in the clouds. In the middle of the ice shelf one may see floating vessels, smoke pouring from their funnels, although no open water is within a hundred miles! Wild mountain landscapes, grossly distorted, loom on the skyline. They look as though the could be reached easily in a few hours, but in reality they are beyond the horizon weeks away.
Is seeing really believing? Not always. Our eyes can be fooled. What is more our ears can be deceived. So, in fact, can every one of our sensesBtouch, taste, and smell. Seeing, then, that our senses are not always reliable, we dare not trust them completely for knowing all things that are knowable. We dare not trust in ourselves alone. We need to know the living God Who is beyond deceptionBWho sees and knows all things as they really are, perfectly, Who searches out and understands the sin and guilt of the human heart, Who knows the depths of our insecurity. God sees it all clearly and God has provided salvation for those who trust Him and the finished work of His Son on the cross to put an end to sin=s dominion.
Trust in yourself and be deceivedBAThe heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked@ (Jeremiah 17:9). Trust in man and find that he sometimes disappointsBAcursed be the man that trusteth in man@ (Jeremiah 17:5). ABlessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is@ (Jeremiah 17:7).
Trust in the Lord and find salvation and strength forever. ATrust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths@ (Proverbs 3:5-6). ATrust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength@ (Isaiah 26:4).
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