The salvation of God has been sent to the gentiles, and they will hear it. - Paul to the Jews, his brothers, in Rome.
Some where persuaded by the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved... - Acts 28:24
When my son was around 2 years old he had still not spoken a word or made an utterance that sounded much like a word. His hearing was test was fine, he was a bright and beautiful baby. Loud noises bothered him, but not much else. He started speech therapy where he would listen more intently to what people would say and mimic their sounds until his speech as ideal for his age. At the age of 5 he was released from speech because he had done so well. New problems arose in school that we couldn't seem to explain. It wasn't until he was 9 years old that my growing suspicions were confirmed, He has auditory processing disorder, and two different variations of it.
Even if he wanted to hear like the rest of us, he never would... hearing the world was not as big a concern over all. We want Him to hear God's heart beat. God wants you to hear it too.
"Jesus said that He had His work to do; He had His healings, opening and unstopping of ears, and answering questions. But He also had a personal knowledge of God that was intimate, and He was always able to lean on God." - A.W. Tozer
As my son grew older and school became more about listening than experiencing his academic needs shifted. He required more and ever changing accommodations. He struggled with reading because of "Concept Imagery Disfunction" and so, we struggled with how to help him. If he had trouble hearing, and trouble comprehending what more could we do? There were lots, but for me, I found explaining things to him using examples of real life situations was the most effective.
Why Did Jesus Teach in Parables?
Put simply by Jesus Himself... "Therefore I speak to them in parables because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand."
This fulfilled the prophesy of Isaiah...
Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
Are we even listening?
What Is It We Should Want to Hear?
Jesus paid our ransom so that we could be free. We must remember Whose daughter we are at all times. We tend to listen to the enemy easily when he tell us we are not worthy of living a free life. Our lives were ransomed from death, we rose with Christ as he arose. So many times the enemy comes at us because we begin to walk in God's will. Our moving forward into the purpose God has for us is always and forever will be met with resistance. It's quite a nice thing to remind Satan where he belongs when he is all up in your business.
"Get behind me Satan!" - Jesus
Until we put ourselves fully in the hands of God and let God do with us as He wills, we will be just what we are. We long to know what it means to look on God and then let Him have His way in our lives. We crave to be lost in His wonder that is God, it is our spiritual heritage and the fullness of our redemption in Jesus Christ.
Man is not alright. Man is lost.
Jesus was clear that His sheep hear His voice and know him and follow him. (John 10:27)
We are lost sheep who need to hear the voice of our Savior.
How Do We Get Our Ears?
Listen up! Pay close attention!
Jesus loved to tell stories and help us understand through his parables. He wanted us understand, but we needed to listen carefully. We need to listen with an open heart knowing we would receive something beautiful, an understanding that we did not have before. Whenever I sit down to study my Bible, I trust the Holy Spirit, I trust that my fingers will be guided through the Word and I ask that He teach me something new that I did not know or help me understand something better that I had not grasped fully. The Spirit has never failed me, He actually leaves me craving more.
We must be willing to tune out all other distractions and come to Jesus to understand His preaching. We didn't just need ears with impeccable hearing, we needed "ears that hear". He is calling us to pay careful attention.
What Is The Difference Between Ears & Hearing Ears?
Jesus told the parable of the Sower and the Seed to explain to us that even if you have ears and you are hearing, you may not be listening.
I think many a mom in the history of motherhood has experienced this, even many a wife in her marriage. We say things, sometimes lots of things, but it's usually the one thing we need someone to hear, that isn't heard. The children or the husband might nod their head in agreement and never know what they are agreeing too. How many times have we spilled out our hearts or important information only to be met with "what did you say, again?" It makes us want to throw in the towel at times. If its super important and we know we need to be heard, we make ourselves heard. We look them in the eyes, we shut off the TV or games, we call them closet to us and say simply what it is that needs to be heard.
In the Sower and the Seed, Jesus explains that there are those who let the Word of God pass right through their ears; in one ear and out the other. Then, there are those who truly listen and seek understanding. Jesus does not force this type of listening on us. He wants us to want to hear Him and seek understanding. (Mark 4:13:20). Some hear the Words, but do not let it take root because the world seems to offer more. Others reject the Word entirely because of trials and tribulations, Others hear the Word and open themselves to better understanding and accept that it will transform them.
Those who allow those Words to take root, bear fruit. All for the glory of God
It us up to us which ears we have.
God is calling many, many women to rise up as Esthers of this world now. We are called to "such. time as this" to speak for the innocent, the voiceless, the venerable, the forgotten... The enemy is having a field day all over the world. We are not prepared, some are preparing, some are equipped, but many are being sifted like the sand through a sieve. While we know the battle has been won, we do not want our families, ourselves, or even our generational blessings to be victims of a battle because we were not willing to arm ourselves. Ek 6:8
I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,
It is NOW, not tomorrow, that we should take up God's Word, and listen to what He is saying. We should be preparing for battle, renewing our minds, seeking His face, listening to His teachings, so that we can battle for our families, our well being, and our legacy in prayer.
If you are facing trials, turn to His Word.
If you are hurting, turn to His Word.
If you are confused, turn to His Word
If you are anything other that what God is calling you to, tun to His Word.
Turn on your listening ears. Jesus has so much for you.
Romans 1:21 reminds us that sin causes us to lose knowledge of God, we don't know Him because He does not know sin. This is why we are in crisis all the time, we do not allow God to be God. Take time to sit down, ask for knowledge and listen carefully.