Reaching for the Tangible

Sometimes we are in situations where it seems like we are blindfolded and therefore in complete oblivion to everything that is going on.  We literally cannot see anything.  We may feel like there are things happening behind scenes or underneath the surface but we can’t see anything.  Sometimes our first reaction is to panic and reach for the tangible because at least with something tangible our natural senses are soothed.  There is now something we can touch and/or see.  We then FEEL calmed.  BUT we are spiritual beings who are to be led by our spiritual senses.  Sometimes God may allow us to be in situations where we see, hear, touch nothing that is tangible.  We have no idea what is going on!  This is not a bad place to be although your feelings will tell you otherwise! If you CHOOSE to remain calm and not give into your feelings of panic you will call forth your spiritual senses to become activated.  Does it not make sense that if your natural sight is longer employed there is a greater demand to operate from your spiritual senses?  If you continue to panic and operate in a natural way you will begin to reach for the tangible.  Let me share a picture with you.  Moses went away to the mountain with God.  The Israelites after sometime realized they too were in a position where they had no clue what was going on.  It was as if they were blindfolded.  What was their reaction? PANIC.  And what did panic cause them to do? Reach for the tangible-something they could at least see with their natural eyes.  (By the way faith is the substance of things not seen…) They convinced Aaron to make a golden calf for them.  The tangible object became thier idol and took the place of God.  This all happened because they panicked and demanded a tangible object so that their senses would be soothed and they would not have to operate in faith.The golden calf became their god, not God.  So, I ask you.  In your time of need do you panic and require a tangible object to soothe your natural senses?  If so, examine if you are participating in a form of idol worship. Anything elevated above God is idol worship. Repent before God and ask Him to help you trust Him and develop your spiritual senses.  You will learn amazing things when you learn to receive input from your spiritual senses as opposed to your natural senses.

(See Acts 7:38-41 ESV, speaking of Moses: “This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers.  He received living oracles to give to us.  Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and in their hearts they turned to Egypt, saying to Aaron, “make for us gods who will go before us.  As for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing in the works of their hands.”)

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