GOD’S WORD FOR JUNE 20
GOD’S WORD FOR JUNE 20 ~ ~Mark 8:18 ~ ~ “Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember?”
Blind Cavefish live in the cold, clear rivers and streams that run through dark caves. They have skin over their eyes, but their Creator has given them much better ways to adapt to their environment.
They travel in huge schools of thousands of individuals, sometimes making the water black.
Although they were created blind, God has given them other senses that help them live in the dark. A keen sense of smell guides them toward their favorite food sources.
More amazingly, they are able to navigate by use of their lateral lines which is a system of sense organs containing tiny hairs which are sensitive to changing water pressure, chemicals, and conductivity, therefore preventing them from bumping into their surroundings while finding food and avoiding dangerous situations.
Sometimes, with large changes, an alarm substance is produced that causes fright reaction behavior in schools and individuals. This alarm behavior is as little as only being startled for a few minutes, but in extreme reactions, produces zig-zag movements, followed by hiding that can last for days.
The extra senses that these creatures have reminds me of what God gives His children to communicate with Him. We can’t see Him in these bodies, but we know He is near when we’re praising or praying.
But we shouldn’t rely upon emotions. It isn’t with our emotions with which we will feel His presence. It is our spirits, if we have made Him our Lord and submitted to His will in our lives. At that time, our spirits come alive and we will feel His presence at times. He is constantly speaking to us and guiding us, many time in ways we don’t even know. But His Word says He is always near, and we believe what He says because He cannot lie, and He cannot fail.
But we must live by faith in the hectic days of our lives. That’s why it’s so important to be in the Word daily, resting on His promises. If we don’t, not only will we have a much harder time in life, but we will find it more difficult to see and understand spiritual things. Before we know it, we will be the ones to whom Jesus says, as in Mark 8:18
“Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember?”
To the blind cave fish He gave other senses. He has given us spiritual senses, because we can’t see Him or hear Him with our eyes and ears. Just like the cavefish, we need to use those senses to hear Him speak to us. Just like them, the senses He gives us will warn us when danger is near us, spiritually, and where spiritual food is in the Word for our situation…. Just like He does with His creation, the blind cavefish.