(As it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed; God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; Romans 4:17
Let us consider the word reality to mean “the state of things in my life at this moment in time.” Many people live in denial of reality and are said to “refuse to face reality”. Still others choose to spend time in a “virtual reality” which is, in fact not reality at all! So, the bottom line is, reality is real life — that’s just the way it is. Or, is there potential for change?
Just because something is the way it is, that does not mean that it must remain so. Even if something has “always been that way”, that does not mean that it cannot be different in the future. There are, of course, some things that are constantly changing and your reality changes throughout the day, every day. For instance, if you are hungry, you can ignore that rumbling in your stomach and even tell yourself you are not hungry but, you are still hungry! Once you eat, your reality changes; you are no longer hungry.
Other realities in life are not so easily changed and many things seem virtually impossible to change. Abraham and Sarah faced just such a reality in that she was barren and would never be able to bear children. Besides, their child-bearing years were far behind them. That was the obvious reality they faced. After all, when you look in the mirror, whoever is looking back at you is reality, right? As a child of God, you have to look beyond the mirror to the mirror of God’s Word to see what your reality is meant to be and the potential you have to change your reality.
The reality is that Moses had no chance of delivering God’s people from the hand of Pharaoh once they came to the banks of the Red Sea. It’s not like you can just part the Red Sea and cross on dry ground, right? You can’t, but God can! He changed Moses’ reality and delivered them through the Red Sea.
The reality is that a young shepherd boy has no chance in a battle against a battle-hardened literal giant. It’s not like you can just take on a well-armed, blustering giant with just a sling and stone and defeat the giant, right? You can’t, but God can! He changed David’s reality and delivered Goliath into his hands.
The reality is that Lazarus was dead. It’s not like you can just walk up to the grave and call him forth from the grave even though he has been dead and buried for four days, right? You can’t, but God can! He changed the reality for Lazarus and for his sisters that day.
No matter what your reality is at this moment, anything that does not line up with what God says about you can be changed; you can ask God to change your reality and bring it into alignment with His will for your life. Just because things are the way they are does not mean that they cannot change. Look into God’s Word and see what He says about you and your family and loved ones. In faith, ask your heavenly Father to change your reality!