The Unmasking of Perception
2 Samuel 22:26-27
“With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright. With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.”
David’s final words to Israel revealed how they could know if their heart was right towards God. He told them that God shows Himself merciful to those who are merciful. He says that God shows Himself upright to those who live upright. He says that God will seem pure to those who live a pure life. He also says that God will seem froward to those who live a distasteful life. In other words, David was saying that how they perceived God’s treatment of them was exactly how they were treating God. David was showing Israel that their perception of God unmasks the life they are truly living.
This principle is still true today. How you perceive God is truly how you are living your life. The only reason you see God in a certain light is because your life causes you to see Him that way. If you think that God isn’t listening to your prayers, maybe it’s because you are not listening to God. If you think that God doesn’t care for you, maybe it’s because you don’t care for God. If you think that God isn’t being fair to you, it could be that you are not being fair with God. My friend, your perception of God is revealing how you are living for Him. If you live right, you will think that God is right. If your heart is right towards the LORD, you will see that His heart is towards you. Your perception of God comes down to how you are living for Him. If you don’t like how God is treating you, consider that it is not God’s treatment of you, but it is the life that you are not living for Him.
Let me bring this truth to how you perceive others. How you perceive others could be a revelation of how you are treating them. Your perception of your spouse is often the revelation of your treatment of them. If you think your spouse is all about themselves, the only thing you are revealing is that you are all about yourself. If you don’t like how your spouse is treating you, take a good look at yourself through the same perception and you will probably find that how you see them is how you are treating them.
Moreover, how you see your parents is a revelation of how you are treating them. If you see your parents as harsh, it is probably because you are too harsh on them. Your perception of your parents is only revealing your treatment of them. It is often what we hate about ourselves where we are the hardest on others and where we judge them the most. Your problem with your parents is most likely you. Change yourself if you want your parents to be different.
Furthermore, your perception of others is often a revelation of how you are treating them. If you think your employees are not treating you right, you see that because you are probably not treating them right. If you think your boss is too…it is probably because you are too…towards them. If you think people don’t treat you right, it is because you don’t treat them right.
It all comes down to this; the best way to change your perception of others towards you is to change that very perception and actions that you have towards them. Let your perception of God and others be the diagnosis of your treatment of them, and let that cause you to change your actions towards them.