Have you ever wondered about how other people view yourself?
We all have our own perceptions of ourselves and an interior life where we think and dwell upon many things.
We see the people and the world around us from our own eyes and vantage points. We look out our own windows and see the trees and the hills and mountains framed from our own eyes and history.
Each of us is unique in how we view the world and ourselves.
Each person that we meet on the street and even our own friends and families, all see us as they perhaps have a history and idea of what we are like; and yet our own perceptions of ourselves may be somewhat different from theirs.
Of course we could ask them what their views of us are, and depending upon the person, we may get a very honest reply or one that has been colored down to suit their own perceptions of us are.
It’s an interesting thing to consider I think, and yet maybe some of us don’t really want to know what others think of us, perhaps because some of them may be so brutally honest and mean, that the words could just bite and devastate us.
But actually even though we may be curious what others think about us, in the final analysis it really doesn’t matter because of how God views each of us.
We are told in Psalm 139 much of the knowledge that He has concerning us:
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand — when I awake, I am still with you.” Psalm 139:13-18.
As much as we perhaps know ourselves, God knows us more than we can even imagine and His perception of us is framed within His own love and wisdom that is not seen through human eyes but through the Spirit.
It is true that we change as the circumstances around us mold us and alter our lives, and yet our own personalities probably stay very much the same.
If we consider an old oak tree that has lived for many years, its branches and trunk have withstood many long winters and seasons.
Even when the great storms and dry spells that have come, it still remained resolute and erect and its basic shape didn’t change through its life time. The same should be said of us as the storms of life come and pound upon our frames.
And yet we are a people that is fragile in some ways. We get hurt at times and take offense at the things that people say about us.
But if we have a strong and confident interior life no matter what comes our way, we can just simply know that our own perceptions of ourselves are accurate and even more importantly, God’s!
“When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.” 1 Corinthians 13:11-12.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?