I heard about a husband that said to his wife, “I want to know what you’ve been doing with all the grocery money I give you?” She said, “Just turn sideways and look in the mirror!”
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear! Matthew 11:15
Hearing is a funny thing. We can listen and hear or we cannot hear anything at all. Some wives call it selective hearing. Terry always thought I could hear babies crying and just chose not to get up. There may have been some truth there, but I remember getting up a couple of times. If I had had a camera phone, it would have been much more entertaining to get up in the middle of the night. But we all have selective hearing, that’s why Jesus said to people with ears attached to their heads, “if you have ears to hear,” as opposed to ears to hold up your glasses, or ears for some other purpose. There must be a willingness to hear if we are going to follow. Have you ever thought about what you’ve missed because you did not hear? Have we missed directions or warnings? Have we missed opportunities, blessings or words of encouragement?
Psalm 40:6: “You do not delight in sacrifice and offering; You open my ears to listen.”
Proverbs 21:13: “The one who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will himself also call out and not be answered.”
“Proverbs 28:9: “Anyone who turns his ear away from hearing the law, even his prayer is detestable.”
Isaiah 32:3: “And whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you: “This is the way. Walk in it.”
He delights in us hearing His Word and obeying. He is right beside us and His command is behind us, giving us direction, encouraging us to follow, but we must listen.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you, today? What is He leading you to do in ministry? What is He saying about your time, money, relationships and responsibilities? Do you have ears to hear?