TUESDAY FEBRUARY 04, 2020
TOPIC: OPTICAL ILLUSION
TEXT:2 KINGS 3:22
MEMORY VERSE: “And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood” (2 KINGS 3:22).
Optical illusion is “An illusion caused by the visual system and characterized by visual perception that appears to differ from reality”, writes Wikipedia. Illusions come in different forms. Richard Gregory suggests three main classes: physical, physiological and cognitive illusions, and in each, four kinds: ambiguities, distortions, paradoxes and fictions.
Allan Quak asserts that: “We can become distracted by the illusions of wealth, power and prestige. Pursuing such illusions may give us temporary satisfaction, but not eternal security. We need to stand on the foundation which will not crumble”. This is both an instructive and timely warning for Christian youths.
Our text presents a typical example of optical illusion. God had determined the destruction of the Moabites. Hence, He made them to act on a false perception. Christian youths should watch out for false illusions of wealth, fame, power and prestige. These are deceptive and will only give you worldly pleasures and satisfaction.
Focus on Christ, the Foundation that can’t crumble. Be diligent in your studies and fellowship, and God will guide your way and judgments. To avoid optical illusion, surrender to Christ.
QUOTE: Focus on Christ.
CHALLENGE: To avoid optical illusion, stand with Christ.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to depend on your leading always