But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. (Hebrews 5:14)
The animals know something. The turtles are on very high ground, much higher than the current dam level. It’s too quiet. The birds aren’t flying or singing. Neither are the bees – they’ve ditched pollen hunting and taken cover in their hives. The animals can sense changes in the air pressure around them and are preparing to survive a storm. We can’t see, hear, taste, smell or touch what the animals are sensing but if we’re smart we’ll hightail it home and batten down the hatches too. [Before the catastrophic tsunami hit South East Asia on 26th December 2004, taking 200,000 lives, the elephants knew it was coming. Herds became so agitated they broke their chains and took off for the hills].
There is much more that is real than what our five senses allow us to know, things that can only be known by faith. Faith is the Christian’s ‘sixth sense’. Even when our physical senses are protesting, “I can’t see/touch/taste/smell/hear it so it can’t be real”, faith disagrees, saying, “Even though I can’t see it or touch it, the spiritual realm is real and I believe God’s word is truth.”
We need to exercise our faith so that it becomes the reality we listen to and live by. If we exercise our faith, it will become the sense within us that determines what is real and what isn’t real, not our natural senses.
Our five physical senses are God-given and good. Those who don’t have all five, find their other senses become more heightened because they rely on them so much more.
In the same way, our ‘sense’ of faith becomes so much more heightened when we practice it and rely on it more and more. Not through wacky stuff, but through spiritual disciplines of developing our relationship with Jesus, praying, fasting, reading His word.
Lord, help me to be less sensitive to my five senses and to rely more on faith. I want to live from and experience the spiritual realm, just as You want me to. Thank You Jesus.
A word of advice: If all the animals are taking to the hills, hightail it after them!