How We Know Anything

          Our five senses are marvelous. Without sight, how would we know color; without touch, how would we know texture? Without taste, how would we know sweetness; without hearing, how would we know musical tones; and without smell, how would we know the perfume of the flowers? Through all these senses, we gain our information about the world around us; however, the two senses upon which we seem to lean the most are our hearing and our sight. In fact, it’s common for us to combine the two. When we want to let people know we truly understand what we have heard them say, we will often respond with the phrase, “I see what you’re saying.

            The Hebrew word for “hear” is “shama” which means “to hear intelligently, often with implication of attention and obedience.” The Hebrew word for “see” is ra’ah, which means “to see literally or figuratively, to have experience, gaze, and take heed.” When we truly hear and see, we fully perceive and understand.

           As with all else wonderful, we have God to thank for discernment, sensitivity, and insight. Proverbs 20:12 simply states, “The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made them both” (NKJ). Today, as we hear and see anything physically, and as we comprehend anything intellectually and emotionally, let’s be careful to thank God for such spectacular ways to experience His world.
©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on November 17, 2011.

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