For the next few weeks we are going to explore 5 ways we experience God through our senses. Seeing. Hearing. Tasting. Touching. Smelling.
If God’s objective, His will, for all things is to make Himself known so that all people might come to a saving knowledge of Him, then the senses He equipped our bodies with serve that purpose, too.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good”
The Hebrew word used here is “ta’am” (taw’am’) and aside from meaning to taste, it also means to perceive. Merriam-Webster’s definitions of perceive are:
1) a. to attain awareness or understanding,
b. to regard as being such, and
2) to become aware of through the senses.
As we become more aware of God’s presence in our own lives, we can then share that experience with others.
Have science and cynicism dulled our sense of God?
Does our increased ability to explain miracles decrease our ability to experience God? Our ability able to prove more seems to make us doubt the things we can’t. As science continues to achieve greater explanations for the world around us, our experiences with God are rapidly declining. The more we explain away, the less we experience God.
But God is not absent in scientific proof. As the Creator of the universe, He is very present in every aspect of our planet’s inner workings. Whether we can
explain them or not. Instead of explaining away God, let’s use our explanations to increase our awe and wonder of the God who knew all things in heaven and on earth before they were formed. Let’s use scientific explanations as a way to experience God instead of explaining away His existence.Let’s use scientific explanations as a way to experience God instead of explaining away His existence. #experiencegod Click To Tweet
Can we experience God without expectation?
We have lost our sense of expectation where the things of God are concerned.
When I ask my husband to grill me a juicy sirloin, I have certain expectations. I expect to hear it sizzle over hot coals, to see criss crossed grill lines seared into the meat, to taste the combination of herbs and spices mingled with the meat. I expect to smell the distinctive aroma long before the first bit touches my tongue. Finally, I expect to taste the juicy deliciousness that satisfies my craving for char-broiled beef.
My expectations enhance the experience.
But because we’ve stopped expecting God to act, we aren’t experiencing His action. This becomes self-fulfilling prophecy. Eventually, a lack of experience squelches expectation and we’ll stop noticing Him altogether. We’ll stop talking about what He’s done for us. Our prayers will become faithless and faulty with no expectation of fulfillment. Worldly concerns, tangible things that feel real will crowd out His presence.
Without expectation, we fail to fully experience God.
When the people of God no longer experience His presence, what hope do those who’ve not yet met Him have?
What Makes God Real?
I recently asked on my Facebook page, “What makes God real to you?” And the resounding answer was other people! At first, I scoffed at this response as being prideful and detracting from the greatness of God. But the more I thought about it, I realized just how true that is. Believe it or not, God grants power to His people to make His name made known around the world. In fact that is what it means for us to SHINE. I don’t know about you, but that is both an awesome privilege and a terrifying obligation.
That is what we are doing when we experience God – we get to know Him and in turn make Him known to others. When we experience God, He becomes more real to us. Together we can learn to use our explanations and our expectations enhance that experience.Both our explanations and our expectations enhance our experiences with God. #experienceGod Click To Tweet
So, for the next 5 weeks, join me as we will seek to answer the age old question: “How can I know God is real if I can’t see, touch, hear, taste, or smell Him?” Together we will examine how we experience God through our senses and then how to make manifest His love and grace to those around us.
“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding – indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair – every good path.”
Linking Up With
For more encouragement please join the discussions on these fabulous blog link ups – Suzanne Eller, Faith On Fire, Susan B. Mead, Faith Filled Friday, Grace and Truth, Faith and Fellowship Friday, Soul Survival, Rah Rah Link Up, Tell His Story, Sitting Among Friends, Testimony Tuesday, Planting Roots, and Fresh Market Friday, Salt and Light, and Becoming Press’s Writer Wednesday, Moments of Hope