John Wesley, eighteenth century founder of the Methodist movement, said that we have a sixth sense. Sometimes this is called “intuition”—getting to know something by our feelings, rather than by reason. John Wesley said that the sixth sense is faith—the inward power to know something as true, even though any one of our five senses can’t get at it. The heart of today’s reading is verse 4: “This is the victory that has defeated the world: our faith.”
I once had a spiritual director by the name of Cyril Schommer. He was both a priest and a concert violinist. He became totally blind late in his life. He claimed that he could play the violin better by being blind. His hearing became more sensitive.
How limited our five senses are! Ah! But we have the sixth sense of faith the reaches right into the heart of God who wants to heal us Rest for some moments with this Bible Breath on verse 4: “Our faith is the victory.”
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament except the Gospels.
In the season of Advent to Epiphany, we read the letters of John and Jude.
This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick