Key Verse to Read and Treasure:
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?—Isaiah 43:18-19
Perception is vital if we are going to realize what new things God is doing in our life, in the lives of those around us, or in our world beyond us. If we do not perceive it, then God’s new thing can escape us.
The definition of perception is “having the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses. The state of being or process of becoming aware of something through the senses.”
Perceiving is a way of regarding or understanding something from the interior, or from our soul. In the olden days we might have heard such perception called “mother-wit” or “intuition.” Through the prophet Isaiah, God is telling his people to put stock in that interior feeling—which cannot always be explained with words—and see it as a reliable tool.
Is there something you are perceiving right now? Something you know God is doing but can’t quite put it into words or put your finger on? Because there are normal limits to human perception God will help you see and understand his “new thing” if you are willing to seek and trust him.
When we need to perceive what God is doing the best place to start is his Word and prayer. We may be pleasantly surprised at the willingness of God to let us in on what he’s up to.
Lord, help us to trust the interior feeling—which is nothing except your Holy Spirit speaking to us—so we can perceive the new you are doing in and around us. Amen
Implementation: What “new” thing do you perceive God is up to in your life? What first step will you take to understand or perceive it?
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