I recently obtained and now wear a pair of hearing aids.
What a difference this has made in my hearing abilities. When I first began to wear them, it was somewhat annoying to hear footsteps, rattling of papers, traffic noises and various sounds around our house. But now my brain and ears have adjusted to the new influx of sounds. I can hear the turn signals on the car, the beep of the microwave oven, the clicking of the toaster oven, the tick-tock of the clock in my office and the multitude of birds singing here in Thurmont.
Also, conversations go much better since I don’t have to ask people to repeat something. My hearing aids have been hooked up to a device for our cell phone, so that I can now talk hands free. This device is also plugged into our television, and I hear the sound directly from the TV. I can even go into another room or on the porch and still hear the TV.
These new hearing aids have not created any sounds. They simply have allowed me to hear what was already existing. Just because we don’t “hear” some sound, does not mean that it doesn’t exist. Most animals have far superior hearing abilities than humans. Dogs can hear approaching thunder much earlier than humans.
What is true in the physical realm of hearing is also true in the spiritual realm. There are many people who claim that God never speaks. The truth is that God continues to speak through His written word, the Bible, but people are not hearing what God is saying.
Each of the seven churches in Revelation 2-3 received this message: “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches,” Revelation 2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2:29, 3:6, 3:13, 3:22.
God was speaking but people were not getting the message, and the same is true today. One reason might be that some people absolutely refuse to hear. These individuals deliberately reject the truth, “They shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables,” 2 Timothy 4:4.
Other times people are not listening because they’re talking too much. The Bible instructs us to focus on listening instead of talking, “Let every person be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath,” James 1:19. Then there are those who lack the capacity to hear or understand what God is saying because they are not on the same frequency, so to speak, with God. In order to hear and understand, we must be “tuned in” spiritually.
In order to receive our “spiritual ears,” we need to confess that we haven’t been listening, that we desire to hear and understand what God is saying to us. We do that by receiving Jesus Christ as our savior and believing in His death as the payment for our sins, “If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved,” Romans 10:9.
May we join in the words of one of the old hymns, “Open My Eyes That I May See.” Verse Two says: “Open my ears that I may hear voices of truth Thou sendest clear; And while the wave notes fall on my ear, Everything false shall disappear. Silently now I wait for Thee, Ready, my God, Thy will to see; Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine.”