The curse of sensitivity

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Sensitivity in communications electronics is the ability to detect weak signals. Much effort is made to increase this ability in order to achieve greater range of signal detection. Analogously my soul is sensitive to the Lord Jesus Christ and his prompting. I must be aware of the curse of sensitivity in both cases.

1 Kings 19:11-12 King James Version (KJV)

And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Radio sensitivity

As my radio becomes more sensitive, I begin to encounter excessive interference from nearby electronic appliances. These local noise makers drown out weak signals and make affected frequencies useless. So much so that I wish I did not live so close to other people and their noise makers. I also find imperfections in nearby AM radio stations that broadcast harmonics across the shortwave bands at very low power. Distant radio stations that I once could not detect at all now become tangled with each other and warble the sound so that I cannot distinguish one from the other. A very sensitive setting on the radio will overload a weak signal from a nearby strong one. Despite the best radio available on the market, these limitations with sensitivity are never overcome. The curse of sensitivity becomes a new limitation in the quest for greater capability in signal detection. Often it is better to have low sensitivity and avoid the noisy disturbances.

Spiritual sensitivity

If I lived in a monastery I would be more sensitive and aware of the Lord Jesus Christ and might hear his voice more clearly. Away from the bustle and noise of civilization, my spirit would calm and there would be fewer distractions. However alluring this may sound, Jesus told his disciples to go into the world and preach the gospel. Being in the world means my soul is cluttered with hundreds of distractions that interfere with my ability to hear Him. Earning a living, going shopping, taking care of children, social interactions with friends, watching video entertainment, working on intellectual pursuits — all produce noise in my life. Even going to church services can sometimes produce noise due to innumerable distractions.

Wheat and tares

Jesus knew the world has distractions that interfere with spiritual growth. His parable of the wheat and tares demonstrate that we are meant to tolerate them and not try to eradicate until the end of the age. The curse of sensitivity means we must find another way to listen for the voice of the Lord.

Matthew 13:29-30 King James Version (KJV)

But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Sabbatical and jubilee

The books of Moses contain valuable advice about behavior in a busy and distracting world. The Sabbath is a day to cease work and rest from labor. We can take this idea and spend part of each day resting and quieting our minds through contemplative prayer. We can also spend a greater period of time once each week listening for the still small voice. So considering the wheat and tares, we can practice taking a sabbatical every so often to rejuvenate our spirits.

The jubilee year represents a time of restoration from bondage and is for an entire year. I think in this instance jubilee represents the destination of our lives when we are set free from the curse of sensitivity as we pass on to be with Jesus forever.

Leviticus 25:8-10 King James Version (KJV)

And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.

Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.

And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.