That we may know Him

 

How wise and wonderful God is to have created us with the ability enjoy life to its fullest through our five senses.

Our eyes allow us to visually take in abundant beauty all around us. Our ears grant us the joy of hearing the voices of our loved ones. Taste gives us the ability to decide what we enjoy eating the most. Sense of smell alerts us to danger and lures us in to all kinds of things that make us happy. And of course there is touch… the most marvelous sense of all… holding hands, hugging, comforting, loving… they all bring such blessings into our lives. Infuse all of the five senses together and our experiences transform into the ultimate.

But isn’t it interesting that He did not give us these extraordinary physical senses to allow us to experience Him?

We cannot “really” see Him, hear Him, touch Him, taste Him or smell Him. The very things that make anything substantial to us He did not give us to know Him better.

I remember that is the one thing that kept me away from God before He beckoned me in. I thought there is no physical evidence of His existence.  How wrong I was!

What I realize today is while our senses are a fantastic gift on earth He didn’t want us to sense Him in those ways because He is unlike anything else in this world. He would never want us to compare Him to anything earthly, so to sense Him at all would have to come in a way that is completely beyond us.

The senses required to know God are only within the reach of those who love Him. And even for us they begin in one place and grow deeper with time and the intensity of our relationship with Him.

Our Spiritual senses give us the capacity to understand, know and feel God.

Our Spiritual eyes see Him in everything… working for us and with us. Our spiritual ears hear His calling on our hearts and in our minds.  It’s our Spirit within that breathes Him in to taste and smell His goodness. And to touch Him we must reach deep into our soul with our Spiritual fingers to feel Him there comforting, pursuing and loving us.

The five senses are a gift that He gives to everyone. But Spiritual senses… they are an offering from the Lover to the Beloved. They’re special. Reserved for the benefit of knowing His presence in a way that makes Him more real to us than anything else.

Awesome.

“I Keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His imcomparably great power for us who believe.”

Ephesians 1:17-19

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10.11.11

“He would never want us to compare Him to anything earthly, so to sense Him at all would have to come in a way that is completely beyond us.” Heidi, I had never thought of this before, but you’re right. I love this! I want to use all my spiritual senses to experience my amazing God!

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10.11.11

Hi Heidi – I kept wondering why I’m not getting your blog updates so I unjoined and rejoined and now, I get them! Anyway, great post. I never really thought about my senses like that but its so true that to experience Him outside of our senses is awesome and compares to nothing we can know. Great post.
God bless
Tracy
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10.11.11

Heidi, this post is awesome! “Our Spiritual senses give us the capacity to understand, know and feel God.” Love that.

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10.11.11

Thanks sis for another great post…When the Lord created us He gave us such wonderful things to use..
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10.11.11

Thank you for sharing this…I love the idea of “spiritual senses.” That is a wonderful way to explain how we hear and feel God working in us.
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10.11.11

So thankful God allows us the priviledge of experiencing Him!:)

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10.11.11

I never thought about the senses in this way. I think I have felt I have sensed God through things of this earth (the mightiness of a storm, the fragrance of a flower, etc), but perhaps, this was just His gift to me. You have given me a lot to think about in that He cannot be put in the same category as anything of this earth.
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I love your perspective here – never really thought of it like this before, but it makes perfect “sense”. Thanks so much for sharing this! Love you, Debbie
Debbie Dillon recently posted..The Memory of YouMy Profile

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Wow – this is so insightful. We can see Him at work, listen to His wonderful deeds and touch those He loves. Jesus, I want to experience more of You today!
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Heidi, this is absolutely wonderful, and extremely insightful as well. By giving us a thirst for His presence, God drives us to expand and strengthen those spiritual senses, that we may more fully live in Him. While we can use our earthly senses to learn about and experience God’s gifts to us, our true relationship to Him comes through the use of our spiritual senses.

Excellent post!

Have a Blessed Day!
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What a take on this…I love how you always make me think of common things in new ways.

Thanks, Heidi.
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This verse is all I could think of when I read your post.

“Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see— how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him.” Psalm 34:8 (MSG)

He reveals Himself to us in SWEET ways, spiritual awakenings — I LOVE your post, the observation — I agree, the spiritual senses are blessings, PRICELESS gifts!! =)
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10.11.11

Teri Johnson,

Teri… great verse, you’re right, it’s perfect!!!
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