Forced Perspective

When the enemy tries to force his outlook on you.

  I once watched a documentary on how special effects were generated for a certain movie. In this instance, they made an average-sized person look like a giant compared to other people. It was very convincing in the scene and made the movie more believable.  The way it works is that the person literally stands closer to the camera than everyone else making them look bigger. It forces your eye to think the object is bigger than it really is.

Forced perspective is not a new phenomenon, but is used in quite a few sci-fi movies in the 1950s and is still being used today.

If you want to go further back, think of Israel during the 40 days they were taunted by the behemoth Goliath. Though he was a ten-and-a-half foot giant, his intimidation created a forced perspective among the children of Israel that made him much more threatening than he really was. His regalia included a massive helmet, a spear the size of a poll, and a giant sword as tall as a man.

I believe that satan uses forced perspective when dealing with us. He seeks to inflate and exaggerate the situation leaving us intimidated because we believe the false image we see.

One of the reasons why God never wanted Israel to create false images (whether physical or mental) was that an image can never truly represent the reality. It can be distorted and warped into something that is altogether not God. With God, there is something to be said about believing what you cannot see instead of living by what you do see.

Satan is a master at manipulating the image, exaggerating the figure of life’s Goliaths until, like Israel, we run into our tents at the sight of him.

For our forced perspective to change, our focus must change from Goliath to God.

When you know the unseen God is in charge, you begin seeing the trickery behind the forced perspective, noticing things as they really are . . . And like Dorothy and her cohorts, draw back the curtain, and expose the mean foreboding Wizard of Oz as a harmless old man.

“Jesus said to him,
Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen
and yet have believed.”
John 20:29