Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Wirdfor the day by Christian Education Forum

The Sensuous Christian
Exodus 37:1-9
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.(James1:17)

The gratification of our senses has gotten a bad reputation, perhaps because we live in a world obsessed with pleasure. But God approves of the proper experience of pleasure through our five senses.
First, God created our senses—sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch—and all that He created is good.
Second, God made sensuousness a part of worship. Consider God’s first formal worship setting: the tabernacle. It housed an ornate, gold-covered ark to hold the stone tablets God gave to Moses on Mt. Sinai. God approves of beauty. It had an altar of incense where priests burned a blend of fragrant spices made by a perfumer. God approves of pleasant aromas. It had an elaborate table with plates and pitchers. God approves of a tasteful dining experience. Around the tabernacle were curtains made from colorful yarn and finely twisted linen. God approves of beautiful colors and textures. Music was also a component of worship, as we learn from reading 2 Chronicles 29:28. God approves of pleasing sounds.
Yes, God values things that look, sound, smell, taste, and feel good. But He doesn’t want us to worship them; He wants our enjoyment and gratitude to prompt us to worship Him, the Creator and giver of all good things.
Dear Lord, thank you for the five senses you have given me and help me to use it for your glory.Amen.
God gave us five senses His world to enjoy; But when we indulge them, Their good we destroy. 
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church