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Spiritual Direction #18



As a scientist I have been trained in the art of observation. Scientists observe entities and their interactions, so an ability to observe lies at the core of science.

But I would like to suggest that observation also lies at the core of our spirituality. God wants us to observe what He is doing and respond accordingly.

In the Old Testament, for instance, God gave Jeremiah a vision and then asked him, “What do you see?” (Jeremiah 1:11). When Jeremiah gave the correct answer, God replied, “You have seen correctly” (Jeremiah 1:12). God asks the same question to three prophets on seven separate occasions. The responsibility of the seers was to see what God was doing and say what God was saying.

Jesus Christ exemplified this same idea. He said, “…the Son can do nothing by himself; he can only do what he sees his Father doing…” (John 5:19). He added, “…whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say…” (John 12:50). His ministry was founded on His ability to see and hear His Father.

Imagine if we all followed His example. Of course, we would require a greater intimacy with God, a greater ability to see the unseen, and a greater understanding of the purposes of God - hence the need for spiritual disciplines.

Do you wait to see what God is doing, as the prophets did?

Do you ask God to open the eyes of your heart?

Do you perceive what God is doing in your life and service?


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