THE SENSES AREN’T RELIABLE
Make me to know your way, O Lord; teach me your paths. Psalm 25:4
I can judge nothing with my senses correctly without consulting God. Nothing! What looks lush one day can be a wasteland tomorrow. What looks barren today can become lush once the hand of a miracle-working God touches it. I can never judge a book by its cover. I just never know enough to run my life successfully!
May I learn from those who have walked before me. Does history not teach me that God chooses the least? The ones others pass over? He chooses the uneducated, the spurned, the unpopular. When people choose leaders, they choose with their senses. They go for charisma and good looks. God’s man, as with Jesus, may be someone others walk by and never give a second thought.
God might call me to embrace a place, a calling, a companion, a direction in life that appears to be wrong. It may not glitter. It may have little earthly appeal. I should not second-guess God’s voice. Jesus was born in a stable, not a palace. What seems so common is transformed by the wind of the Spirit into something heavenly. That principle of the kingdom applies to people, to land masses, and in fact, to anything that waits to be touched by a God who turns deserts into gardens.
Are you facing a crossroads today? Does one way appeal more to your senses because it seems more fertile? Be careful. Commit yourself to prayer. It would be a tragedy to suffer a bias caused by a feast for the eyes. We risk settling, working, and marrying in Sodom. Remember Lot? Abram let him choose his future home. Lot chose a city in a lush valley, pitched his tent there, and it ended up being Sodom.
I shut the eyes of my flesh and journey with You through the back door of blessing. In Jesus name, Amen
Originally published Wednesday, 18 April 2018.