What does it mean to be Sensitive? One dictionary definition says it’s the ability to feel and perceive. It is not a matter of arithmetic, mathematics and deductions of facts and figures but a knowing based on a long term association and relationship. That is why a wife can be smiling in the public but her (Sensitive) husband knows something is wrong.
This long term association and relationship is what gave Paul the confidence to make directive for Christian living without God giving him a specific word over such matters…1st Corinthians 7: 25(B) & 40(B)… That is also why He made His ways known to Moses alone…Psalm 103:7.
Moses recognized, appreciated and practiced this sensitive with/to God, hence he said in Exodus 33:15 … “And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
This sensitive enable you know God’s direction and moves for a season and a time like the Sons of Issachar in 1st Chronicles 12:13 but most importantly it also enable know when HE is not with you and why.
In the book of 1st Samuel 4, Israel went to war with the philistines and in verse 1, Israel was defeated. I found interested the choice of word used by the elders in the camp of the Israelites in verse 3…
“Wherefore hath the LORD smitten us to day before the Philistines?
They did not fight the Lord but they attributed their defeat to God and not the philistines. They did not regard the philistines as a formidable foe to be feared, rather they feared only God. So they were sensitive to know how God’s help and protection works but why didn’t they pause and ask themselves, what went wrong? Just like the way many do not ask today.
Subsequently, they went back and carried the Ark of Covenant, believing that they will triumph the second time around because now God is physically present with them. So quick question;
1. Why were they dismayed at their defeat the first time since the Ark was not there?
2. Did they believe HE is always there with them with or without the Ark?
3. If that is the case, what did they think bringing the Ark itself would do in this second attempt?
Why weren’t they sensitive to know HE was not there?
They know God’s presence in a life or place makes all the difference; it makes the impossible possible; makes victory sure all the time even in times when it seems you are losing. Psalm 3:3 says Jehovah God is our glory and the lifter up of our heads…and Psalm 94:22 says God is my defense.
The Israelites were not sensitive and like some of us today, rather than seek help from the Holy Spirit (1st Corinthians 2:11) to know what to do, we still forge ahead in our apparent ignorance and arrogance by playing religion with God; by engaging in ritualistic exercises to appease our conscience that God is still there.
In modern day Christianity, there are certain things we consider like the Ark of Covenant (Physical Presence of God). Some are the wooden crosses in our homes, chaplet, rosary, the church building itself or even a person like the Pastors, the Priest, Bishops, etc
The essence of these symbols or persons have their “needful” places in each denomination but they cannot bring nor replace the presence of God in a life which is only evidenced in a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus on the basis of obedience and love to/of HIS Will and Word; a cornerstone and foundation for victory. They did not realize this and so do some of us.
If your relationship with the Lord is strained for whatever reason, be sensitive enough to realize this and spiritually matured enough to find help with the Holy Spirit. God’s presence is not in the church activities and church emblems.
In 2019, I pray God will grant you the spiritual sensitivity required for you to follow Him and for Him to be with you always… the sensitivity to realize when and where you have strayed and gone wrong and seek HIS grace to return back on track in Jesus name..Amen