"As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him." - Psalm 18:30


I was awakened one morning this week by hearing a knock on a door. After getting up I asked my son, who was the only other person in the house, if he had knocked on the bedroom door. He said he had not. “I know I heard a knock,” I told him, “so it must have been a dream.”

Now the mind can surely play tricks. For example, my daddy passed away in August of 2012, and my mother has since dreamed that she saw him walking down the hallway of her house. She knew she had not, but the dream made it seem very real. We all have imaginations that can run wild. When I was a boy, an older boy on my street had a bicycle for sale that I wanted. It was a 26” bike with three speeds, hand brakes, and a rack on the back. (Yes, I’m telling my age!) I would lie in my bed and imagine myself proudly riding that bike. But it did not become a reality until I gave Charlie the money he wanted for it. Then, when I rode it home, it was a real-life expedience.

Some people imagine things religious in nature. For example, one may claim seeing “Jesus” in their bedroom at night, or hearing God speak to them personally. Now I’m not saying these people did not see or hear something, but the question is, Was it real? The Bible teaches that Jesus is now in heaven (Acts 1:11; 2:34, et al). “But," someone says, “He appeared to Saul of Tarsus, so He could appear to me.” Yes, He did appear to Saul, according to Acts 9:3ff. But, what Saul saw was a bright light, which also blinded him. He called it a “heavenly vision” in Acts 26:19. But why did Jesus reveal Himself to Saul? To let him know that He was alive, for Saul had not previously believed in Jesus as God’s Son. It was not to tell him what to do be saved, or anything else specific. In fact, the Lord sent him to Damascus where he was to be told what he "must do" by a man named Ananias, (Acts 9:6, 10ff.)

An interesting question is that if people today think they have seen Jesus, what did He look like? We have no pictures of the Lord. And what did He say? I can say this without question, if He did appear to people today, He wouldn’t say anything that is not in the Bible!

Imaginations are powerful. We all can imagine things that are not real. But the Scriptures are complete (2 Tim. 3:16, 17) and tell us everything we need to know for “life and godliness” in Christ (2 Peter 1:3). We should imagine ourselves reading the Bible, then actually read it, and we will unquestionably know that the Lord is speaking to us. Imagine that!

Roger Leonard

August 11, 2016