Dull Of Hearing

February 6, 2024

“Dull Of Hearing”

Hebrews 5:11 says, “…… it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.” I recently experienced a period where I wasn’t hearing well out of my right ear. Also it sounded like water was sloshing in behind my ear drum. At my annual check up I mentioned this to my doctor and he looked into my ear and said that I had a wax build up. He told me how to get rid of it without damaging my ear and soon it cleared up.

Jesus said 15 times in the New Testament “He that has ears to hear, let Him hear.” Now I have some pretty big honking ears so I should really be able to hear Him well. One problem is that we get so busy that we don’t take the time to listen to what God says to us. You learn to hear from God by intentionally making time to hear from Him.

I saw an example that says a newborn baby has the ability to hear but doesn’t understand what it is hearing. It takes time to understand what is being said. The baby must spend time with its parents to recognize their voices in order to associate their words with its meaning. We must spend time with God through the Holy Spirit to learn the language of God.

When we get saved, we become a new creation and that includes hearing a new language. I am not talking about religious words or phrases that we hear at church and throw around when we are with the religious crowd. I am talking about God speaking to your heart through the Holy Spirit. There again, not necessary through tongues or unknown languages but through the language of God which is love.

You hear from the Holy Spirit and you hear how to love your spouse, your children, your neighbor, and even you enemy. You hear how to love even the unlovable. You hear how to worship Jesus and rejoice in all things. A man told a preacher friend of mine that he had never heard God speak to Him out loud. My friend told the man to start reading the Bible out loud and He would hear from God. Romans 10:7 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of God.”

We sing a song that says, “Open the eyes of my heart Lord. Open the eyes of my heart, Lord. I want to see you.” Maybe we need to add a verse that says, “Open the ears of my heart Lord. Open the ears of my heart. I want to hear from you, I want to hear from you.” And I would add to please remove anything that would make us dull of hearing.

Some dull of hearing is intentional. We don’t want to hear what God has to say because it will convict us of our sin or move us out of our comfort zone. You can stick your fingers in your ears and say, “I can’t hear you; I can’t hear you” But that doesn’t make you any less accountable. The more that you ignore or try to drown out the Holy Spirit’s call to your heart, the LOUDER that He speaks or He uses other means (Not always pleasant) to get your attention.

In love with Jesus – Gary Mimbs

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