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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Discern (08/12/10)

TITLE: FEELING AFTER GOD
By Rebecca O'Connor
08/18/10


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The Scripture in Acts 17:27 is interesting because it talks about seeking God without the use of our eyes and ears. We seek God from the point of the blind and deaf. The hearing and sighted must find God in the same way as if impaired of sight and sound. The only way left to us is through historical writings, but in order to have a relationship we must discern what can neither be seen clearly nor heard audibly.

Defining this discernment might be described in this fashion:
1. To see something that has no appearance
2. To understand something not obvious
3. To distinguish what has no substance

It would take faith to discern any of those three points. This is why mankind is most familiar with seeing in order to believe. Our eyes and ears have deceived us into thinking that they control what is and is not.

Helen Keller once said that she took comfort in the things of God in that the “things seen were temporal and the things unseen eternal”. She was also quoted as saying; “The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has not Christmas in his heart.” How did Helen find God? She had to feel after Him, see something of no appearance, understand something not obvious, and distinguish what had no substance.

Faith’s discerning is the impairment of the world. What they do not see and hear they lack. They feel after nothing because their eyes and ears chart the map of what is. Without the use of discernment we have detracted strength and are only two thirds of our being. We are robbed of the inner voice and sight of the spirit. Discerning is as invisible as the conscience, yet we are diminished and none the better for lack of their use.

How did Abraham find God without a Bible to guide him? Abraham discerned in faith to leave his home of Ur to go where he did not know. Noah discerned by faith that he was to build an ark for a flood that he could not comrpehend. They died never having read what we may read today, yet they are able to feel after God and see what lacks appearance, understand what is not obvious and distinguish between things of no substance.

Faith and discernment are close traveling companions. How true are these words in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” KJV


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AnneRene' Capp 08/19/10
Amen. You nailed it in this devotional ending with Hebrews 11:1! You have to walk in faith to hear God's discernment and then of course, walk in it.
Ruth Brown 08/19/10
Wow, This is an excellent devotional. All your points are very well taken. Blessings, Ruth
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/20/10
The description of Helen Keller made me go "Ooohhh." I had never thought of faith quite like that. It really opened my eyes and calmed my troubled soul.