MONDAY, OCTOBER 15
“About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.”
Hebrews 5:11 ESV
JESUS WANTS TO GROW MY LISTENING
An American Indian left the reservation to visit downtown New York. Walking down a busy street with his friend, he suddenly stopped and said, “I hear a cricket”. His friend said, “You’re crazy! There’s no way you could hear a cricket in all this noise!” The Indian persisted, “No! I hear a cricket… I’m sure of it!” His friend said, “It’s noon! There are thousands of people bustling around, cars honking, taxis squealing…I don’t believe you can hear a little cricket in all this!” The Indian listened again and walked slowly across the street where he found a large cement planter with a shrub in it. He dug beneath the leaves, and sure enough…there was a cricket!
His friend was stunned, “You’ve got amazing hearing!” But the Indian said, “No. My ears are no different from yours. It simply depends on what you’re listening to. Here, let me show you.” So he reached into his pocket and pulled out a handful of change — a few quarters, some dimes, nickels and pennies…and dropped it on the concrete. You guessed it… every head within a block turned! “You see what I mean? It all depends on what you’re listening for.” (Chris Kelly)
Hebrews 5:11 says the people had become “dull of hearing.” The word “dull” literally means no push. There had no drive or push to hear what God wanted to teach them. At one time they were eager to hear but now they weren’t. There was so much more the author of Hebrews wanted to teach them about the greatness of Jesus but they had lost their motivation, drive or “push” to listen.
Hunger is a great motivator. Maybe some of the struggles you’ve faced lately have been to help motivate you to turn back to God and His word for direction. Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Maybe some of the struggles your friends and family have faced lately are intended to drive them to a place of wanting to hear what God has to say to them. Can you remember a time in your faith journey that you had more of an eagerness to hear what God had to say to you? Try to take some time today and listen to what God may be trying to say to you. Read His word and then just sit still and see what comes to mind. Or go on a walk and see what God brings to your mind. You will probably be surprised what you hear when you intentionally listen for Him. He has “much to say.”