The noted economist, Alan Greenspan, once said, “I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant”.
Oh, the frustration of not being understood. It is difficult, often, to find the exact words to state clearly what we want to convey to others.
I had been thinking along this line when , in my December reading of Revelation, I repeatedly found the following statement : “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches”. This is repeated after each message to the seven Churches. Then Revelation states in Chapter 13, Verse 9, “If anyone has an ear, let him hear”.
This also reminds me of the various times that Jesus repeated the statement, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear”. (For example, Matthew 11:15.) I have concluded that we need to hear God’s Word and understand it. Just as importantly, we need to heed His Word. In James 1:22, we read: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves”. If we really have heard the Word, we need to obey it and act upon it.
As a parent, we have said to our child, “Did you hear me? When there is no response, we assume that they weren’t listening. Perhaps, our Heavenly Father wonders if we are listening to Him. God says that to obey Him is better than sacrifice. (I Samuel 15:22) Are you listening? Did you hear? Did you obey?
Father in Heaven, let me strive to be understood, but help me to put even more emphasis on having ears that hear Your voice, understand your message, and heed your Word in my daily life. Amen.