I will always be grateful for the love and support of friends, family, and all who encouraged me on my journey of healing. Many times God used people to guide me with truth when it was hard to discern which way to go. To continue to live a changed life, I needed to learn to hear God’s voice for myself. But discerning the voice of God and understanding it is easier said than done!
Jesus often said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear,” after he spoke to the crowds. He would talk about the kingdom of God using stories and word pictures while always leaving room for his listeners to ponder and interpret what He said.
And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” (Matt. 13:10–13)
In this story I have often wondered why Jesus didn’t speak plainly so everyone could understand. Perhaps He knew that only those who really believed in Him would truly be listening. The ear that hears is the ear of faith; it is willing to believe even when it doesn’t understand. Without faith, we cannot hear the voice of God.
By faith, we take time to seek the Lord and listen for His counsel. Taking time to seek God, read His Word, and pray for understanding shows the Lord that we love Him and that we are serious about following Him! By faith, we also listen for God’s voice throughout the day. We will hear from Him when our hearts say, “Speak, for your servant is listening” (1 Sam. 3:10 niv). The more we seek the Lord’s face, the more we will hear His voice.
Sometimes we don’t hear God because we are too distracted and consumed with temporal things. If we are seeking contentment without the Lord, our spiritual ears become dull over time. The more we learn to shut out the voices of the world that scream for our attention, the more we will hear from heaven.
Sometimes our ears are closed to the Lord because we simply choose not to believe. Perhaps there is an area of our lives that we’re not willing to surrender to God. If we face the truth about ourselves, we may have to change! So rather than changing, we close our ears and harden our hearts.
“For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn so that I should heal them.” (Matt. 13:15)
The Lord wants us to know the truth of His love and be set free in every area of our lives (see John 8:32). We are the ones who close our ears because we don’t believe or are unwilling to surrender our hearts fully to Him. We are the ones who choose not to hear God’s voice because deep down we don’t trust His love for us! Today, may the Lord soften our hearts toward Him. May He give us ears to hear the truth of His love and hearts to receive it.
Father, forgive me for becoming hard of hearing. Forgive me for my laziness, my love of the world, and my stubbornness which keep me from hearing You. Help me yield myself to You in every way so that I can know Your will and walk in the power of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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