Faith Lifts the Heart Above the Senses

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 37

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.

– 2 Corinthians 5:6-7 (ESV)

The instinct of faith raises and enlarges the heart above and beyond everything that hits the senses.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

As a human being, you have many ways to navigate your way through life. You have natural instincts, you have your senses, your mind and emotions. As a new creation in Christ Jesus, you also have faith, which is closer to God than all these other faculties, and is intended to be your new point of contact with the world around you.

This takes some relearning. Your senses are used to being your only access to the outside world. Your senses receive information which you then process with your mind, or your habits and instincts, and then act upon. This system has served you well, but now things must change. Faith has come to take over. It has come to deliver you from the limitations of the old system.

The way you are used to processing the world around you is, itself, part of the world around you. The sights and sounds that confront you, as well as your own vision and hearing: it is all one system, all part of the old creation. It is a closed system, and it once contained your heart, but it can do so no longer.

“The instinct of faith raises and enlarges the heart above and beyond everything that hits the senses.” What does Jean Pierre de Caussade mean by this? Ultimately it cannot be explained to the senses, or to any part of you that relies wholly on the senses. The senses understand it to mean, “You are not in charge anymore,” and they do not accept it, for they do not sense it to be true. Its meaning, rather, is learned in the heart, as we walk by faith, one step at a time.


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