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5 Ways We Experience God

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.

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“Taste and see that the Lord is good”

Psalm 34:8a

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.

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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?

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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.”

Proverbs 2:1-9

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22 thoughts on “5 Ways We Experience God

  1. “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.“ So, so good. Looking forward to this series, Liz!

    1. Me, too! I get absolutely giddy digging into the Bible! #wordnerd! I hope to hear more from you, Amanda, about your experiences with God! Blessings!

  2. It sounds like an awesome series, Liz! It’s so important to dig deep into God’s word and to discover positive ways in which we can make our faith a living, breathing reality in the everyday. Blessed to be your neighbour at the #graceandtruth link up! 🙂

  3. Love this post, Liz. Great and fresh, new insight. I’ve always loved Psalm 34:8 and now I appreciate the Hebrew meaning of “taste.” That’s amazing how “other people” was the reply to knowing God is real. Interesting and humbling.

    1. Thanks, Rachel! Excited to see what God will show me as I research and write and seek to experience His goodness! I hope you’ll come back for the rest of the posts! Blessings!

  4. This looks like a wonderful series, friend. — Lord may we have eyes to see, and hearts of expectation. Even more-so than ever lately, I feel a hunger for an awareness of Him. I look forward to the next five weeks! xoxo

  5. You had me at “When I ask my husband to grill me a juicy sirloin”! I, too, love a good steak – and my guy is the one who cooks them. He does all of the cooking, actually – and he prides himself on his skills in the kitchen;) I love that you shared what ‘taste’ means. I love to do word studies – it sure helps me to understand the Scriptures on a deeper level. I do think that we have lost the desire to seek God’s presence – and there are likely several factors that come into play for the reason why – like being overly busy. Serving at church is crazy! We are so busy serving that soaking in His presence falls to the backburner. We do need to safeguard our time so that this doesn’t become a problem. I am sure your series will encourage and inspire many. I look forward to reading more. Thanks for sharing on Grace and Truth.

    1. You’re a #wordnerd at heart, too, Aimee!! We’ve got to get you on the Word Nerd Wednesday team! Busy-ness is a big problem these days. We aren’t taking time to let God fill us up because we’re too busy “doing for” Him. That’s not His plan. I can’t wait to see what you think about the rest of the series! Thanks for your encouragment. Blessings!

  6. This sounds like it will be a great series, Liz! It’s so important not just to know about God but to experience him in our lives and I think the expectations we come with can play a big part in this.

    1. Thanks, Lesley! It is important to realize that God is more than just a historical figure but a living and active and present force in our everyday lives. It really changes the way we interact with Him, or at least it does for me! Blessings!

  7. Thankyou very much for posting more ways to experience God! And thankyou Liz for posting your April and May posts so we all can read and grow in community with the LORD. I am new to your posts so happy me. One-a-day keeps sadness away:)

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