“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
There is a difference between listening and hearing. Hearing, like sight, takes place in the brain. Listening gathers information. It is in our hearing that we interpret and apply the data. Christians need more than ears; they need ears to hear what Christ is saying. Whenever Jesus says, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” He is calling for people to pay careful heed. It’s another way of saying, “Listen up! Pay close attention!”
God will grant us wisdom for our journey in this life with Jesus. We can entrust an unknown future over to the loving care of our all-knowing God. We are all mercy cases. There are no self-made men, women, nor children in God’s Kingdom. Making right decisions in each particular seas of life begins with listening to and heeding God’s voice.
Wisdom is knowing the right thing to do at the right time. It is more than natural common sense. It is a gift of grace that God gives to those who seek to do the right thing. Listening is a lost art. Listening means you have to be quiet. Most of us resist silence with every fiber of our being. When you stop and get speechless that you finally begin to see who Jesus really is.
My wife recently sent me out to the store for a bag of chips. The task sounded easy. But in my rush to the store, I did not take time to listen clearly to her instructions on which kind to buy. As I stood in the aisle, it was me against a mountain of chips, all calling for me to buy them. Did she want chips for dip? There were: Nachos, Munchos, Doritos, Fritos, Chees-Os, regular, barbeque, pizza, salt and vinegar, ranch, sour cream and onion, rippled, plain, thick ones, thin ones, bagged ones, canned ones, big bags, little bags, original classic ones, new improved ones, bagel chips, baked chips, fried chips, low salt, no salt, low fat, no fat, crispy ones, crunchy ones ... "Argghh!"
I was losing my sanity quickly, so I grabbed a two bags and proceeded to the beverage aisle. Then it hit me again. Did I want: regular, diet, cola, orange, grape, lemon-lime, ginger ale, Perrier, Pepsi, Coke, clear, colored, caffeine free, caffeinated, bottles, cans, six packs, or individual, sale items or not? "Argghh!" I screamed again, as I ran to the checkout counter. Along the way, I found myself disoriented in the laundry detergent section. So, in a move of desperation, with "All" that was within me, I gave a hearty "Cheer". This helped me turn the "Tide" of my dilemma, as I "Dashed" to checkout counter. When I got there the girl asked was I going to pay with cash, check, or credit card? Did I have any coupons? Did I prefer plastic or paper bags? Would I like help carrying my groceries to the car? Decisions, decisions, decisions ... all that I wanted to do was to buy a bag of chips!
Our lives are full of decisions every day. Big ones, little ones; minor ones, live changing ones, fun ones, serious ones. When we find ourselves bewildered in the aisles of the supermarket of our lives and don't know where to turn or what to decide, it is a relief to know God's word through prayer, worship and Bible study. His wisdom will keep us from becoming overwhelmed with the pressures of our complex and sometimes hectic world. He will bring comfort and guidance into our lives.
As always, see you next time and have a great day!