The Joy of Hearing
“He who has ears, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15 and 13:9, Mark 4:9 and 4:23, Luke 14;35, Revelation 2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2:29, 3:6, 3:13, 3:22, 13:9).
I recently had a plug of wax in my ear, which I could not remove with over-the-counter methods. I called the doctor, but could not get in for two weeks. During those two weeks, hearing was drastically reduced in my right ear. I tilted my head to hear people, spoke louder or softer than normal, and had a continuous ringing sensation in my ear. This experience has given me a tiny glimpse of how difficult it is for those with impaired hearing to sort through the noise of life and yet try to hear and understand what is being said.
Finally, it was the day of my doctor visit. Within five minutes, the plug was removed and I could hear again. No more muffled sounds, the radio was crystal clear and I could hear even the tiniest whisper! In actuality, though, everything was extremely loud to me and I had to adjust to having perfect hearing again.
“Let him hear” was commanded by Jesus at least fourteen times in the New Testament, summed up in Revelation 22:17: “The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”
In many ways, people – including Christians – have muffled hearing on a daily basis. We hear only what we want, and often push God’s voice aside so that daily, meaningless things become louder. Psalm 46:10 (a) reminds us to “be still and know that I am God.” So often, it is only in the silence and stillness that we can hear the voice of our awesome God.
Instead of having muffled hearing, clouded with daily chatter and trivia, let us ask God to remove the plugs from our ears so He can speak directly to us.
O Heavenly Father, tune my hearing to your voice, remove the dross from my ears, and refine me. O Lord Jesus, help me to learn to listen to you, respond to you, and live my life as You have chosen for me. As the plugs are removed, my hearing will increase and I will be able to take action as You command. I ask this in the precious name of Jesus, my Savior and my Redeemer.
Let us desire to hear the word of our precious and perfect God as we strive to become more like Him.
Copyright © 2005 Virginia Gorg
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