A devotional thought from Trevin Wax for “The God Who Speaks”
“If anyone has ears to hear, he should listen!” Jesus often used this statement to tell His people, “Listen up! Truth is being spoken.” This phrase shows us it is possible to have ears and yet remain deaf to the voice of God.
As Christians, we believe that God has spoken to us. We believe that the Bible is inspired by God and therefore has authority over our lives. We have eyes to read and ears to hear. But too many of us read the Scriptures, listen to the Word preached, and fail to apply what we have learned.
It’s been said that the only Scripture we believe is the Scripture we obey. We demonstrate our belief by our actions; we demonstrate our unbelief by our actions too.
In the fourth century, Augustine, a famous academic who lived a notorious life of self-indulgence, opened the Scriptures to Romans 13:13-14: “Let us walk with decency, as in the daylight: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the fleshly desires.” The command to put on Christ pierced the heart of this lustful, pride-infested scholar. Augustine rose from that place a different man and later became one of the most influential theologians of the Christian Church.
Just as God spoke through the words of the apostle Paul to Augustine, God continues to speak today. We have ears to hear. Will we listen?
Pause and Reflect
• Who holds authority in your life? What does it mean to submit to their authority?
• What would it be like to regard the Bible as having no authority? What would Scripture become to you?
• What are some of the obstacles in your life that keep you from hearing God clearly?