Where do they come from? It seems as if these days, science has an answer for everything. Science often meets theory and we then see a lot of assumptions being made, often by those who do not believe in a Creator. Many scientists today can quickly give you their answers in regards to questions relating to life, evolution, and the beginning. But when it comes to things like instincts, the data gets vague. I’ve found that every piece of “science”, or should I say “false science” that contradicts scripture, happens to have a lot of assumptions or should we say guessing built into it.
I remember back in my early 20s, I became a father for the first time. I remember at this time I was living back at home. At that stage in my life I was pretty care free. However, one evening she (my daughter) and I went out the front door looking for my dad. She was 6. “He must be in the back yard”, I told her. So we started walking around to the back. She started walking out ahead and I remember feeling red flags, an overwhelming sense of caution. “WAIT!”, I yell. She stops in her tracks. “Come walk behind me”, I said. She does, and we continue walking to the back porch. Almost to the other side I hear a rattle. Another step and I would of been on top of a rattle snake. Quickly I stepped back, picking her up in the process. I’m not one to worry about something like this. In all the years I grew up in this place, I never came across a snake this close to the house. Of all the times we played, day or night, our yard always seemed to be a safe place. I’m sorry Professor, but I just don’t see how any type of adaptation over the course of time could be the cause for me receiving the bright red flag at that very moment. I can think of many other times my kids have ran out in front of me while playing around the house or some park somewhere. No red flags, except for this time in a place where I felt safest, my home. There was no noise, no rattle, not until I almost stepped on the thing of course. I had no idea. As people, we love to take credit for having “good instincts”. And that day, I thought that’s exactly what I had – awesome dad instincts. But the more I learn about God, the more I see how involved he is in our lives. It’s not us evolving, it’s him involving himself in our lives. I believe the only one who can bring a gut feeling, that quickly, at the precise moment is our loving heavenly Father.
I think there are times where natural instincts do live within us based on past experiences. These can yield both good or bad results. But then there are those times when we receive a gut feeling, a nudging. Nudging can often come from the Holy Spirit. Angels are also sent to care for people who will inherit salvation (Hebrews 1:14). I believe it is by God’s grace and love that I received the jolt that day.
Thank you Lord for watching over us.