10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘ Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”
Eyes to see and ears to hear; what an awesome concept!
Recently I was discussion on some topic with a close brother in the Lord who I pray with and seek the Lord in prayer with. While we were discussing a recent revelation it dawned on me that I see everything, no matter what it is, through a spiritual filter. I am always looking for the “God part” of the situation. I know that frustrates people sometimes but it’s the way I am “wired”. I don’t know how to live any other way and wouldn’t have it any other way. Even in business dealings I always add the “God factor”, as I call it, to my decision making process to see where He fits in it and how does it benefit the Kingdom of God.
If we are new creations (2 Cor. 5:17) and are supposed to have transformed, renewed minds (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:23-24) shouldn’t our eyes see Him in everything and shouldn’t our ears seek to hear His voice (John 10:23) in all situations? If I am truly His won’t I only hear His voice and not follow any other one? Life would so much less stressful if we would that.
My prayer partner & brother, Larry, so astutely pointed out that since we are seated with Him in the Heavenly places (Eph. 1:20; 2:6) we are looking down from the spirit to the natural at all times or should be. I find this such basic stuff it always surprised me when people miss the obvious element of God in something that happens to them. Even when bad things happen I try to see why He would allow it to happen, what am I supposed to learn from it and how does it edify me (build me up). If all things work for the good for those who love Him and called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28) how does what is happening in my life, the mysterious ongoing parable of living in a fallen world, do me good. What is it in the tribulation is a part of my “calling”? What kind of lives would we lead if we saw with spiritual eyes first and fleshly eyes second? It would seem to me that if we could tweak our internal emotional and mental wiring in that direction living lives of victory would be easy.
Believe me I am not perfect and strive to live up to this revelation but fail sometimes. If I allow my emotions to cause me to see with the flesh instead of the spirit it usually takes me to a place of stress and eventual torment. Why allow that? One of the things I will pray for people sometimes is for them to have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Lord is saying or showing them. More often then not, it won’t be what they want to hear. It’s always sad to hear someone who doesn’t want to see what He’s showing or hear what He’s saying because it means they do not want His best for them. Usually the problem they have brought to me is a direct result of poor vision. It makes me wonder how many times I’ve done that and made Him feel sad.
So, let’s make a resolution together to try to have eyes to see and ears to hear. We have what the prophets didn’t have (Matt. 13:16-17). We have a resurrected Savior and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit/Ruach Hakodesh to help us. The prophets of old had momentary glimpses of spiritual things when the Spirit would come upon them but then it would be gone. We have been given the gift of being able to boldly approach the Throne of Grace and Mercy with immediate access to our Heavenly Father because of the Spirit of Adoption (Heb. 4:16; Rom. 8:15-16) . Even when we can’t see or hear correctly we can always go directly to Him for help because we are His children. Children know the voice of the parents and aren’t fooled by another voice. If I call one of my boys all they have to do is hear my voice and they know it’s “Dad” even before they see the caller ID.
We’ve been discussing the growing darkness in the land and what we can or should do about it. There aren’t too many “armies” that will allow someone with bad sight or bad hearing to join let alone send to the front lines. It takes being able to see and hear clearly in a battle zone to survive. Is it any wonder so many aren’t winning their battles!
As you read this today I pray for you to have eyes to see and ears to hear so that you can live He wants for you. A life filled with His blessings and His best for you no matter what the circumstances.
Shalom & Blessings,