HEARING PROBLEMS

My prayer is that you will hear God’s voice with your ears attuned to His perfect will.

Eternal Perspectives         by Sally Bair

Ears to Hear

Like many other seniors, my hearing is diminishing. More and more often I’m asking others, “What did you say?” Not only that, sometimes I find myself stumbling a bit from vertigo,  a common malady caused by an inner ear condition.

God’s Word addresses the subject of hearing loss. As I begin to lose my physical hearing, I think about my spiritual hearing. Do I hear what God tells me in His Word and during times of prayer? More than that, do I listen to Him when He speaks to me quietly in my spirit? Or do I keep myself so busy that I can’t hear Him?

Jesus confronted the Pharisees and religious leaders with their inability or unwillingness to hear His Word. He quotes Isaiah 6:9-10: “Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; 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.”

To the disciples and His followers, however, He added, “But blessed are your eyes for they see and your ears for they hear …”

The Pharisees refused to hear what God had to say through the lips of Jesus because of their pride, just as sometimes we refuse. Our own reasons may include the belief that God’s Word is too antiquated for today. Or that we know better than God regarding our situation. Or perhaps our minds are clogged with so many details, we can’t hear Him. Or that the world knows better than He does.

Those of us who truly know God intimately, however, listen to His voice through the Word and His Spirit. “He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” (John 8:47) Jesus also said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them and they follow Me.” (John 10:47)

God also speaks through His still, small voice. Thousands of people have been saved from disaster and death because they listened to an unseen voice that told them to take a certain action. We all do well to spend time each day listening to God’s voice, whether through His Word, prayer, or His still, small voice.

Lord, thank You for Your voice that reaches us in so many ways. We know You want only the best for us. Give us the longing and will to listen to You and then to follow Your commands. In Jesus’ name, amen.