“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” ~ Psalm 119:18. Deception comes in subtle ways and forms. It makes us think that what we have is not good enough. This stirs up a desire to want what belongs to others; what we don’t have. It attaches a value to the thing desired which is not godly, it makes that thing look more desirable and appeasing. Deception also creates doubts concerning what God has said; doubts over the fulfillment of God’s promises. Deception creates its own funda of what is truth and disbelief over God’s words.
A classics example of this is what happened in the Garden of Eden. God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree in the middle of the garden. But they disobeyed God and listening to what the serpent said. The serpent said to Eve, “You shall not surely die: For God knows that in the day you eat, your eyes will be opened, and you shall be like gods, knowing good and evil” and this blanketed her.
We too are faced with various forms of deception everyday. Advertisements beckon us to get more, buy more, stock up more. Our psyche is so tuned by these alluring advertisements that we actually believe them, thinking that what we have is not good enough. We constantly compare ourselves with others. The world’s standards become our measuring line too. We are made to think that ‘we’ are not good enough; that we need to be like others. Deception makes us look at things through the eyes of the world. But when we look through God’s eyes as reflected in the Bible, we see things as they are meant to be seen. When we resolve to believe in what God has promised, what God has said, we increase in faith and are able to stand firm against deception. We attach the same value as God does to things around us be it material things, people or relationships.
Prayer “Dear Jesus, I believe you are the truth. Help me see things through Your eyes. Keep me away from deception. May your Word be my mirror. Amen”