Scripture for Today: Colossians 2:8 “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”
It is amazing how the eye can be fooled. This desert mirage looks as if there is water in the distance reflecting the trees. I can imagine the weary traveler hurrying his steps in thirsty anticipation. What a disappointment to finally arrive and find nothing! One finds these mirages on hot days on city streets as well. The light passes from colder to warmer air, bending the rays and mirroring the sky above. The result is what looks to be a pool of water on the pavement.
The word, “mirage,” comes from the French but is originally Latin. It means “to look at” or “to wonder at.” We get our word,”mirror,” from this same root. This makes sense as the reflected image is not real.
Our verse for today reminded me of a mirage when I read the words, “empty deception.” Like a shimmering pool of water in the distance, the world’s philosophies promise much but deliver nothing. When we base our thinking on what the world says is truth, we are deceived. This verse even says we can be bound and be captive to a system of thinking. We are to be careful and see to it that we are not fooled.
However can one make sense of life without its Author and Source? He calls Himself “Light.” This Light is not distorted rays that fool the eye. He calls Himself, “Living Water,” and He does not disappoint. He quenches our thirst. He calls Himself, “Truth,” and His truth is absolute and never-changing! Thank you, Lord, that You are no mirage of wishful thinking!