Image from The Matrix (1999)

If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”          – Morpheus, The Matrix

What is real?

Las Vegas is interesting to me.  The hotels and casinos are each set up to provide a different feel.  There is seemingly something for everyone.  The problem with this set up is that people get lost in the feeling.  It lulls you to sleep and into what amounts to a dream reality.  You get caught up in what you can feel, smell, taste, and see.  When you are here you cannot help but find yourself distracted by all of these.

As followers of Christ we claim to believe without these things.  We profess that we believe in a God that we can’t see.  We believe that salvation is through faith in Jesus.  We read in Hebrews 11:1 that faith is ‘the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.’  I must confess that I too often am trusting what I feel, smell, taste, and see as reality when I should be wholly trusting God.  How about you?

As I have walked around in Vegas this week, I am left with this idea of walking through crowds of people who are experiencing this kind of reality.  Crowds of people trusting wholly in the reality that their senses provide.  Perhaps it is more obvious here in Vegas, but chances are we are experiencing this on a smaller scale everyday of our lives.  How many people are we walking past daily that are trusting what they feel, smell, taste, and see to determine what is real?  How often are we trusting and reacting to these things as our reality?  Right now, I am thankful that for me what is real is bigger than what I can feel.

Praising God this week for the wake up call and asking His forgiveness for when I trust the feel of something instead of trusting Him.


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