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Topic: Hear (07/08/10)
TITLE: Hearing with the Heart
By Donna Boddy
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“Yes dear,” I acquiesced weakly, letting his words go in one ear and out the other, while focusing on my conclusion. After all, I did hear some of his words: cabin, lodge, summer. Wasn’t that enough to pick up that he was probably planning our summer vacation. . . in a cabin or lodge, or something like that. How sweet. “I am listening,” I insisted, while focusing on my conclusion—O.K, perhaps we could have my hero propose in a cabin in the woods in the summer. . . “
“You didn’t hear a word I said!” retorted my husband, now somewhat irritated with me.
“I heard what you said.” I tried to smooth over the situation. “You were talking about our vacation next summer. I believe you were trying to decide whether we should stay in a cabin or a lodge.” I took an educated guess based on the few words I did hear. Now he knew I wasn’t really listening to him. “Where did I say we should go?” He quizzed.
“Umm. . . to Tennessee?” I was guessing. He caught me. “NO!” I was asking you whether you wanted to stay in a cabin or lodge in BRANSON!” He admonished me. I got the picture. I had heard a few words, but he didn’t have my undivided attention, which he needed at that moment. I had given him lip service, nothing more. It was clear to him that his making plans for our vacation took second place to my writing. He was hurt. I apologized, saved my work, and shut down my computer to really listen to my husband and help him plan a wonderful wilderness vacation for next summer.
How often do we do this to God? Give him “lip service?” Mary sat at Jesus’ feet while Martha worked on “more important tasks,” or so she thought. When she asked Jesus to tell Mary to help her, he replied, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:38-42, NKJV). He made it clear to Martha that she was missing out on the blessing of hearing what he was telling Mary.
In another passage, while Jesus is teaching, a woman calls out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” Jesus replies, “blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it"(Luke 11:27-28, NIV). Was she missing out on the Lord’s blessings? Yes. Jesus was emphasizing the importance of hearing the Word and obeying it in order to be blessed. Do we do that with the Lord? Do we merely glance over the words we are reading from God’s Word, and then simply dismiss it?” I’m guilty of that at times. Hearing the Word actually means to get it down into our hearts, and then to act upon it. According to the Easton’s Bible Dictionary, hearing is giving attention to what is delivered; to heed; to accept the doctrines or advice of.
When I have listened with my heart to what God was telling me, I have seen his blessings. By listening to his “still small voice,” I have seen him work in the midst of crises in my life. By acting on it, he has given me divine appointments in which I have had the opportunity to bless others and even to lead friends to Christ.
When the Lord speaks to us through His Word or in that “still, small voice,” it is so important that we hear with our hearts—not just our ears. So when the Lord speaks to you, stop what you are doing and truly focus on what he is saying to you. Don’t allow the distractions of this world to keep you from what the Lord is telling you. Then you will reap the blessings he wants you to receive.
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