Ears to Hear

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets. – Hebrews 1:1


God speaks. All through the Old Testament, God’s speaking is recorded. He spoke the world into existence. He spoke to Adam. He spoke to the prophets such as Isaiah and Jeremiah. He spoke to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. God spoke to Moses and Joshua. God spoke to Jesus and about Jesus to those who would and could listen. When God answered Jesus about His glory, some people said it merely thundered (John 12:28-29).   

Most people are born with physical ears, but it takes a special relationship with God and faith to have spiritual ears. Jesus talks about having ears to hear and eyes to see, especially when He taught the people in parables. Sometimes He explained the parables to His disciples when they asked. A curious mind invites God to speak because it shows a desire to hear what He is saying.

Today God speaks through the Bible and Holy Spirit. Jesus said that His sheep hear His voice (John 10:27). Sharpen your hearing by studying His Word and doing what it says. When in doubt, do the two greatest commandments: love God and love others. Open your ears to the Father who speaks. He does so because of His great love for His children. Spend some time with Him in prayer and be confident as you bring your requests and intercession for the country and its leaders that He will hear and answer. Keep your spiritual ears open and listen for what God has to say to you.

Today’s Verse: Hebrews 1:1

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recommended for further reading: Luke 8:4-15

And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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