Sentience

“I think, therefore I am”

Rene Descartes

I am always thinking of the Lord; and because he is so near, I never need to stumble or fall.                      Psalm 16:8

We humans have been given the incredible gift of sentience. Essentially, that simply means that we are aware of our own existence. Other members of this incredible creation on Earth do not possess this gift. Sentience is part of the God-breathed initiation of humans. God created other animals, but they do not have sentience. They exist, presumably enjoy that existence, but cannot place themselves in a world order larger than themselves or their own social order. Herds, and colonies and other groups of animal species cannot relate to their Creator. They function within a tight circle of existence that does not have a spiritual connection beyond their species.

I love animals, and I think that they are marvelous creations. Their diversity and creativity speak to the splendor of their Creator. However, they cannot relate to their Creator like humans can. Our ability to think, reason, and have higher aspirations sets humans apart from other animal creations.

We can think, reason, and have a complexity of relationships that other animals do not. We can worship our Creator, manage our environment (for better or worse) in ways that other creatures cannot. We are uniquely blessed.

So, as we relate to our Creator, we can recognize his superior place in our lives. But there is the rub. Some humans fail to recognize God as their superior, their Master. The natural tendency of this human creation is to place ourselves in the superior position. Ironically, when we do that, we are in the same position as beavers, foxes and crows. We have placed ourselves at the highest level of creation, in our own minds, despite the fact that God rightfully is in that place.

Our ability to think and reason is a beautiful miracle. Let’s make sure we keep God in the place he deserves.

Prayer: Lord, you have given us an awareness of you in unique ways. Thank you for that amazing gift, Amen

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