Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sensitivity to God……

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
I will counsel you with My eye upon you. 

Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding,
Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check,
Otherwise they will not come near to you.”    Psalms 32:8-9 NASB

Much of my Christian life will make no sense unless I realize that God is trying to develop my sensitivity to Him. 

It is true that He wants me to be a more faithful witness, a user of my gifts, and a sharper image of His Son; but before He can develop those things, He must develop my threshold of sensitivity to His delicate guidance.

He wants to guide me, not by “bit guidance” but by “eye guidance”.   “Bit guidance” means He needs to get rough with me as we do with stubborn or unbroken horses; but “eye guidance” means that we respond to the merest flick of God’s eye.

God can guide me with His eye only when I have a trained eye fixed on Him at all times in order to catch His sudden and slightest indications.

I must also develop a sensitive ear.  “Morning by morning, He awakens My ear” (Isa. 50:4 KJV).   That beautifully expresses the function of the “opened” and “cleansed” ear, to keep turned in to God’s voice.   

While the bride of Solomon slept, her “heart was awake” (Song of Solomon 5:2 NIV), a characteristic that should be true of all lovers of God.   God speaks to us continually in the Spirit’s voice, and if my heart is fixed on Him I will hear.

My tongue must also develop a keen sensitivity for God.  “The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned” (Isa. 50:4 KJV).   The spiritually sensitive tongue is conditioned to speak only God’s thoughts and ideas; it is “at home” talking about God and is uncomfortable talking about self and sin.

God wants me as sensitive to Him as a violin to the musician, an instrument for His glory.

Then I will sing to Him a new song and praise Him with loud shouts (Ps. 33:2-3 NIV).

The mouth of the [uncompromisingly] righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks with justice.

The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.”  Ps 37:30-31 AMP

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