Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Romans 10:17
It was one of those defining moments. We have lots of clocks in our home. Now I’m speaking of the clocks that you need to wind and they go “tic-toc-tic-toc.” I have always prided myself on my good eyesight and hearing. So, when I turned 40 it was bye-bye good eyesight and hello reading glasses. About five years ago, it was my hearing’s turn.
I enjoy sitting in our house and listening to our clocks go tic-toc. I know, I don’t get out much–no pun intended. I would distinctly hear each clock ticking in the room. Over here was the grandfather clock, over there was the regulator and over there was the mickey mouse clock–just kidding. Then one day it happened. I was a bit sleepy, so I leaned my head to one side using my right hand to cover my right ear and bam. No more clocks ticking. “What is wrong with the clocks?” I said. Uh, it wasn’t the clocks.
Well, I got up and stuck my finger in my right ear and suddenly I felt like I was living Simon and Garfunkel’s song, “The Sounds of Silence.” So, I stuck my finger in my left ear and things were ticking just fine. I’m no ear doctor and that was not a definitive test by I discovered something wasn’t working in my left ear. Can someone say, “What did you say?”
Yup, that’s right. So, I made an appointment with an ear doctor, and he confirmed what I knew. I had significant hearing loss in my left ear but fortunately just a little in my right. I’m sure, I know what caused it. I cut firewood every weekend for about 15 years without ear protection. Not a good idea.
Here is the interesting part of the story. In what is now officially known as my “bad” ear, I am almost totally deaf to certain frequencies but can hear others perfectly fine. Most music is ok, but when it comes to clocks ticking–nothing. I can put my ear up to the clock and plug my good ear “old faithful” and I can’t hear a thing. Amazingly that is also true with my wife’s voice. How odd.
Well, fortunately, no hearing aids yet, but there are a few “whats” and “what did you says.” If I look at you funny when we are speaking, it probably means that your voice is the same frequency of a ticking clock. Since hearing clocks tick is not a life essential, I’m good. But then what about other things? What about other frequencies?
I wonder sometimes if God’s voice is like the ticking clock? I wonder if He speaks and all I get is “the sounds of silence?” Of course, the worst fear is what if I have developed selective hearing. I’m sure Judy’s voice is not the frequency of a ticking clock but strangely she speaks, and sometimes I don’t hear. Or better put–I don’t listen.
I’m not the only man to think that–I’m just the only one crazy enough to write it down. But this God thing—now that’s another matter. What if He speaks and I don’t listen? If there is one voice I need to hear–it is His. I mean missing Judy’s voice might mean missing supper. Missing God’s voice can mean consequences–big consequences. Fortunately, God does have an incredible hearing aid and it comes in the form of His Word.
Romans 10:17 says “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” You see, faith is essential every day, but especially these days. We gain faith not just from hearing but hearing the Word of God. Here’s the big part–hearing isn’t hearing–it is comprehending. Our faith grows when we READ the Word, comprehend the Word and apply the Word. It’s not about ears, it is about hearts. Receiving hearts. Our hearts.
So, if you can’t hear your clock ticking, go see the tic-tic ear doc. But in this crazy busy world if you are having trouble hearing God, get alone, get quiet, and start reading the Word. Take your time, savor every word of the Word, and don’t be surprised as you find yourself resting in Him. Don’t be surprised when you find your believing–really believing, “He’s got this.” Bro. Dewayne