An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
(1 Corinthians 2:9)

Dogs are astounding creatures. Many of their God-given senses put man’s abilities into the shadows by comparison. Their sense of smell, for instance, is so keen it can detect chemical changes in a person’s breath and skin caused by a drop in blood sugar or the presence of some cancers. Some dogs are so keenly aware of chemical changes in their masters’ bodies they can accurately predict an oncoming seizure. These dogs can then guide their owners to safety with enough time to take their medication and/or let others know that they will need help. In addition to the dog’s amazing sense of smell, this creature is also very sensitive to changes in pressure and static electricity in the air. This, along with the dog’s amazing hearing, which is can discern sounds far beyond the range of humans, enables these creatures to detect coming storms and even earthquakes. In some ways, the dog’s world is much larger than our own; he knows more about what is going on around here than we do! This reminds me of the account recorded in the sixth chapter of 2 Kings. The king of Syria was intent on conquering Israel but God made his plans known to Elisha the prophet, who in turn warned the Israelite king. The Syrian king was frustrated, suspecting that there must be a spy in their midst. When he learned that Elisha was the one who was warning Israel’s king about his plans, he sent a huge company of soldiers and chariots to take him. When Elisha’s servant saw such a seemingly unstoppable force aligned against them he cried, “Alas, my master! how shall we do?” (6:15). To normal perceivers under normal conditions, the situation seemed hopeless. However, Elisha was no normal perceiver. His world was much larger than his servant’s. He instructed his servant, “Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” Then “Elisha prayed, and said, ‘LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.’ And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha” (2 Kings 6:16-17). Angelic armies, sent to protect the people of God, had arrived undetected. Though they were more numerous than their physical enemy, they remained invisible to all but God’s chosen servants. Though our physical senses do get us in contact with the real world external to ourselves, we must admit that there is far more going on in the world than we normally perceive. Seeing through the lens of Scripture and through the eyes of faith, we “see” the forces of light and darkness locked in a battle for men’s souls. Neither our opponents nor our weapons are carnal; we fight against spiritual enemies with spiritual weapons (2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Ephesians 6:12-17). This we do for the glory of the Savior Whom we have not seen with physical eyes, but love nonetheless (1 Peter 1:8).

God bless,

pastor john