“For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have
closed their eyes — so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their
hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.”
Matthew 13:15 NLT
You don’t have to be a ‘motor mouth’ to miss hearing from God. Sometimes it’s not our speaking that hinders but listening issues!
Obviously, we can fail to hear by doing all the talking. This keeps God’s voice out of the picture. That’s one way of missing his words and instructions.
There’s ‘selective hearing.’ That means we hear only what we want to hear. The tough messages somehow get filtered out and are missed entirely. There’s also ‘media overload’ where our world is so noisy with pressing emails, texts, podcasts, etc. that God fights a losing battle getting our attention.
But there’s a more blatant way of shielding ourselves from God’s voice. Israel in the Old Testament honed this skill over generations. They turned ‘deaf ears’ in God’s direction every time He opened his mouth. They did it individually and all together could drown out God’s voice as if He weren’t saying anything to them.
The third chapter of Hebrews gives us a history lesson of this kind of behavior. “For who were the people who turned a deaf ear? Weren’t they the very ones Moses led out of Egypt? And who was God provoked with for forty years? Wasn’t it those who turned a deaf ear and ended up corpses in the wilderness? And when he swore that they’d never get where they were going, wasn’t he talking to the ones who turned a deaf ear? They never got there because they never listened, never believed.” Hebrews 3:15-19 The Message
So, who were the ones with deaf ears? Those previously delivered from their past. And who was God angry with for forty years? The same people with the deaf ears who wouldn’t pay attention. And who missed ever getting to their declared destination? Would you believe … the same people with their fingers in their ears and their attention on everything and everyone but their God.
Remedy? Stop talking non-stop. Remove your fingers from your ears. Give your undivided attention to the only One really worth listening to.
You need to hear what He has to say!