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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Inner Sight

We each have moments in time when we would say we were not exercising much caution, or being aware of what we were doing.  These are moments or seasons when we threw caution to the wind.  How did that work for you?  If you were like me, probably not as well as you had hoped!

Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.  (Proverbs 28:26 NLT)

When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.  But whoever obeys the law is joyful.  (Proverbs 29:18 NLT)

When we trust our own insight at the exclusion of warnings clearly revealed for our safety, we are in dangerous territory.  I was reminded of this during my travels to Northern Washington.  There are all kinds of signs picturing those little leaping deer on a yellow background.  You know the ones I mean - the ones which are designed to get us to watch out for deer who may be unwisely crossing the interstate right in front of our vehicles!

It took seeing one deer and her fawn on our first day on the road to get my attention and to keep it focused!  I love nature, but especially when I get to see the "wee ones".  We weren't even on the road yet, and I already appreciated the danger!  If not to us, then to them!  The signs are there to help build our awareness of the danger.  The thing is, when I actually saw the beautiful creatures, something connected.  I was suddenly aware of the risks of driving in these heavily wooded areas.

I could ignore the signs, but I would place myself, and my passenger, at greater risk if I did.  What we don't always realize is the fact we rarely "travel" alone.  We almost always impact another by our inattentiveness.  My risk-taking and ignoring clear signs place those who travel with me at risk, as well.

God gives us insight - what we do with it determines how well we will come out in our journey through life.  Insight is capacity - capacity to gain an accurate and deep understanding of a matter.  it comes from the root which means to have inner sight - mental vision (in other words, wisdom).

We all have much "vision" - but how much "mental vision" do we really possess?  God's greatest challenge comes in moving us from just reacting to what we see to really understanding and forming purposeful action based on what we comprehend.  I saw the deer signs.  When I slowed down, peering carefully through the windshield watching for the tell-tale signs of life in the woods and fields, I was moving from "sight" to "inner sight".  I was taking the matter to heart.  Insight (inner sight) impacts actions only when what becomes "mental vision" lines up with what God reveals.

We can rely upon our own mental vision - but the actions will lack the integrity they deserve.  When we allow God to give us clear mental vision, we begin to see actions change in a positive way.  You may be clearly seeing some "signs" of warning today.  Allow God to take them from the place of being in our "sight" to being "inner sight".  Then they will impact your actions and keep you in a place of safety!