Are We Hearing or Listening?

Posted: Saturday, October 31, 2009 in Matthew, New Testament
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Matthew 13:11-17

“The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

These days, as the weather has gotten cooler and the mornings darker, I find it a challenge to pull myself out of bed to hit the gym and then get to the devotional. The lazy season is upon us and cuddling in bed under the warm quilts has become more fun. As I sat to write this devotional and I sought the Lord’s help and direction, my request to the Lord was that he would open the lazy eyes of my heart and speak to me through his life changing words. It sounds coincidental or totally amazing that the words Jesus spoke to his disciples was about revelation of his words and about who would understand and I praise God that I am part of his kingdom and he speaks to me clearly and personally.

As we set about ministering to the lost sheep among us, one of the battles we face is that some of the people we share our hope and joy of Christ with may not accept and might be blinded to the truth. This is horrible because these are people we might love, might be friends, family or just dear ones and that is tough. However, we have to remember that success is not for us to measure because this is the Lord’s work and he is the one who determines what is success to him. Often times, we are only a cog in the wheel and we are part of the sowing, tilling, harvesting or other processes and God being the business owner orchestrates our efforts for his glory. Today I learned that I need to constantly seek God’s help in hearing him over the din of this world and following him over the desires of my heart. Hope you did too?

In His Loving Service,

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