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June 23, 2020

Hear That?

“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 3:22)

As I get older, my hearing has been suffering. And actually, I can hear sounds and words loud and clear, but it is my ability to distinguish messages that is deteriorating. When something is said to me, I’ll hear it all, but a few words or syllables may get garbled, especially if there is competing noise in the room.

Today’s verse, as well as other passages, exhort us to hear and comprehend God’s Word. But Biblical hearing can suffer the same fate physical does. Sometimes we hear a biblical truth put forth in the Word, but we fail to comprehend it spiritually, at which point then, Jesus would tell us, we did not truly hear it. If we truly hear when He speaks His word to us, we will do what He says. “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24).

Jesus can tell who has truly heard not only by the obedience of those who hear, but also when His words are believed upon, “whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24). Finally, those who truly hear will also follow Jesus, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).

Physical deterioration of the ear damages our physical ability to hear. What causes us to fail to hear spiritually? A hardened heart. “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled” (Hebrews 3:15). Rather, “encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Hebrews 3:13)

“Whoever has ears, let him hear!”

Question: How will Jesus know you heard the message in today’s devotion?

Challenge: What has Jesus said to you lately but for which a hardened heart has kept you from hearing?

Prayer: Lord, give us ears to hear and hearts to understand.

Rob Crose -- BC Staff

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