Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Ears to Hear
“How gracious will he be when you cry out for help! As soon as he hears he will remember you … your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” Isaiah 30:21
The ability to hear and see God will only be sharpened through our intense focus on Him. We must become accustomed to His voice and recognize when He is speaking to us. If we only call out to Him in times of distress it may be tougher to discern His voice and guidance. We have all been given spiritual awareness of God, but some have developed it more than others. It is erroneous to believe that some have been given a greater spirit than others, with a deeper capacity to understand. God speaks the language relatable to all of our hearts, but we choose whether to invest the time to really listen for Him and speak back.
‘You have seen many things but have paid no attention. Your ears are open, but you hear nothing.’ Isaiah 42:20. God knew that pursuing Him would be a choice that some would make and some would ignore. This choice to hear brings knowledge and understanding once we call out to Him. We all have been given ears to hear and eyes to see, but what does mean in the spiritual realm?
‘The sheep recognize his voice…and they follow because they are familiar with [the Shepherd’s] voice. They won’t follow a stranger’s voice but will scatter because they aren’t used to the sound of it.’ John 10:3-5 MSG). It means that our thoughts, actions and decisions will be guided by our spiritual ears or guided by the ears of the flesh. If God’s voice is unrecognizable in our lives we will default to our own understanding which will always guide us away from truth. We will blindly and deafly wander around on the hills of confusion and miss out of the messages from God. Once we listen for Him and learn His voice we can always depend on Him to show us the way to walk in all circumstances. We lean into the Shepherd who knows us by name, and answers back in our heart language.
The Spirit guides but the flesh scatters.