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Listen while you read: "Father We Thank Thee"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 119:125 – Give discernment to me, your servant; then I will understand your laws. (NLT)
The five senses are great, but it's beautiful when we use the sixth sense.
I enjoy all of my senses. I remember when my eye doctor told me that I was a candidate for glaucoma. Fortunately, the cornea specialist said that it wasn't as bad as it initially appeared. With a regimen of daily drops, I can see fine, and the nerve damage has been limited.
I also enjoy tasting almost anything and eating an abundance of it. Hearing is also pleasurable. Listening to the birds sing as the first rays of light appear is exhilarating. Smell is pleasant, too. It's perhaps the most powerful and can resurrect memories that we thought were long buried. And, of course, it's nice to feel what I touch. This, along with smell, clues me in to important matters — such as when my dog needs a bath.
With my five senses, I discern colours, distance, pleasant aromas, faint noises, and a warm fuzzy blanket. But what about the first impression about someone I've just been introduced to? I get a feeling that I can't explain. Or, I'm in an area and suddenly get an unexplainable sense of dread. Everything appears safe, but all that I can think about is getting away. Perhaps, it's the thirty-year mortgage that I'm considering assuming. A feeling inside is telling me not to sign the papers, even though the interest rate is low and the house is just what I've always wanted.
I attribute my sixth sense to God. It's the sense that scientists can't identify, because the workings of this sense aren't repeatable. I know that I have it, but I can't prove it to anyone other than by giving them my word.
When we program our minds with God's Word, we can trust these unexplainable warnings. We can also proceed with confidence in directions that appear senseless to others. All that God requires for us to receive this sense is a faith relationship with His Son. Having it means that we can live every day with confidence. Our sixth sense can be our trusted guide.
Do you have that sixth sense guiding you in the right direction and to the best decisions?
Prayer: Father, thank You for giving us the spiritual sense that is beyond our physical senses. Amen.