What’s It Mean: Exercise Our Senses to Discern Good & Evil?

I’ve always dreamed of having a real mountain stream running through my property.

On my bedroom wall hangs

An amazing picture

of a roaring river.  And you hear the roar!  Cardinals and bluejays sing.  Insects chirp.  The water looks like it’s flowing mightily on down a waterfall.

I think there’s a belt looping inside the frame, but I have no idea how it makes the water look like it’s flowing so realistically.  I don’t know how a human could create and market a more realistic river.  Too bad WordPress free version won’t let me upload the video.

Poudre RiverBut my wall river can’t compare with camping out this past weekend next to the Poudre River west of Ft. Collins and filling up my senses at the Mountain Park campground.

As soon as I pitch our tent in the site closest to the river where the roar is the loudest, I hurry on down to my spot on the riverbank to begin my annual therapy and give God glory for His marvelous creation.

Heb. 5:14 writes about “those who by reason of use

Have their senses exercised

to discern both good and evil.”

♦   Our five senses of taste, hearing, seeing, touch and smell are incredible testimonies of our Creator—and should inspire us to thankfulness!
♦   Exercising our senses enhances life physically.
♦   Exercising our senses has spiritual applications in the Bible.

In verse 11 Paul laments his readers becoming “dull of hearing.”  He wasn’t talking about decibels!  In verse 12, he writes “For though by this time you ought to be teachers … you have come to need milk and not solid food.”  They were not tasting and eating spiritually like they should.

We want to know God, and our senses are designed to help us.  Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words writes of “the knowing which comes through experience with the senses, by investigation and proving, by reflection and consideration (firsthand knowing).”

French Culture Minister Jack Lang noted, “Awakening of the senses is important to appreciation of life itself.    Body, soul and senses, they’re all part of the learning process.  Food appreciation is part of the enjoyment of life.”

And a huge part of a campout!  And at the core of God’s Holy Days—called Feasts!

The Bible urges its readers to hospitality

“And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had … they shared their meals with great generosity” (Acts 2:44-46).  We’ve all experienced how much more you really get to know somebody when you are invited to their home and share in how God blesses them.

Fellowshipping and sharing meals!  The tastes!  The savory smells!

As I sat by the Poudre River, I gave my full attention to unleashing all five senses.

Temptation AdMountain bluejays darted and zoomed like Air Force jets just above the waves.  A whirring copter sound drew my eyes to a hummingbird.  We assume their 80 flaps per minute are up and down, but with a closer look we might observe their figure eight motion.  A tawny bird lands about 10 feet away on a boulder—such a plain color I’d hardly ooh over, until he started twerking better than Miley Cyrus ever thought of!  He’d jump to a nearby rock and stage another show.

But for sheer awe, while watching two hawks glide and soar so effortlessly, suddenly one flew straight toward me, albeit about 50 feet above.  I looked up and just as he was overhead, the other hawk arrived from the opposite direction and they do-si-do’ed!

Wow!  Our senses make us alive!  We need to come to our senses!  God said His creation was “good” so perhaps the biggest way to exercise our senses to discern good from evil is to exalt our Creator!

In the second post of this three-part series,
we’ll look at our senses of taste and hearing in detail

for how they glorify their Creator
and enhance appreciation of life both physically and spiritually.

world map 64 countries final



One comment

  1. Heather · August 30, 2018

    I often like to take a “kodak” moment – instead of actually taking a picture with a device, I set my mind to taking in the senses of the moment, to try and remember how that moment felt and looked with my own brain. Often these memories still come clear to me this day! Sounds like you had your own KODAK moment indeed!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s