“Then the righteous shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matthew 13:43)
I find that I do not hear like I used to. During a recent visit to the audiologist, he asked if I would like to try some hearing aids for a couple of weeks to determine if I could hear better with them. I reluctantly agreed because, after all, I don’t really like admitting that as I have gotten older, some things don’t work as well as they used to. I would much rather hear on my own than need “aids” for hearing.
To my surprise, after wearing hearing aids for a week, I did not ask my husband to repeat himself one time. It has been quite amazing, especially to him! In fact, I am hearing things I haven’t heard for a long time.
At a recent weekly Gateway prayer watch, our group was discussing the purpose of Jesus saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” That sounds like a simple statement on the surface. However, there is much weight behind these words. What Jesus is really saying is: “PAY ATTENTION – THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!”
In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus speaks a parable and then tells the disciples to hear what He is saying. In other words, this teaching is very important to the kingdom of God. He also says these same words to every one of the seven churches in the book of Revelation. In other words, Jesus is speaking to all people in the church! He is saying to us, “Listen up!” What did Jesus mean by this?
Obviously, ears are a feature shared by all humanity. Therefore, Jesus is addressing all people, no matter their age, ethnicity, language, or status. What He is saying is that there is a big difference between having ears and having ears to hear! He is saying that we must pay attention to His words, they have much value to us.
In 2 Timothy chapter 4, Paul speaks of those who will not put up with sound doctrine and will gather around themselves teachers who will say what they want to hear. He calls these “itching ears”. These people turn their “hearing aids” off so they can hear only the sounds that please them. He goes on to say, “They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
The Bible contains many chapters about false prophets who speak lies to the people, often telling them what they want to hear. These prophets do not hear from God because they are out for their own gain. With our “hearing aids” we must listen only to prophets who hear from God.
I encourage you to have ears to hear. Just as I can hear better with my hearing aids, so will you HEAR better when connected to the Word of God through the Holy Spirit. Don’t be misled by what you hear and don’t let your pride keep you from hearing well! Thank you for reading! You can read more blog articles here.