Listening can be effected by your current pain preventing you from hearing the word spoken in truth. It may not be what you want to hear where you are at this time in life but it may will be what you need to understand in your situation. A broken heart caused by angry words, deceitfulness, fears and past hurts can cause us to shut off the truth because it cuts like a knife. Many of us tune out wisdom and godly counsel when our hurting is so great that we cannot “handle” any more rejection or perceived negativity. However, it is often our own rebellion, sin and pride that prevents us from doing the right thing to resolve the situation, even when we know inside that it is what we need to do. Our hearts become dull and cold toward our spouse, job, friends, family or others simply because we don’t deal with the issue at hand. We try to push it down and hope it will go away on it’s own. The sad thing is, instead of shrinking the problem this tends to escalate it to new levels. One of the wisest men in history was Daniel, a righteous man before God who did great things in the name of the Lord. Even he would go through tests, trials and tribulations that rocked his very world. Daniel 12:8 “I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?”
The bible tells us that because we allow our hearts to harden, we do not hear the message of truth to Love God and then to love others with compassion, grace and mercy as God has loved you. Ephesians 4:18″They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.” Matthew 13:15 “For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’” Mark 12:33 “To love GOD with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
Healing comes from hearing the words of truth. Jesus came so that we could have abundant life and to set the captives free from the bandages of sin and death. Once we realize that God has us for all eternity, the thought of this moment in time compared to a billion, trillion years is really nothing. We need to not focus on ourselves and our situations but instead keep eternity in perspective and live a life with a purpose for all times. SO what if they drink the last drop of juice and you wanted it right now. Release it, do not give place to bitterness, anger or discontent. Instead praise and worship God for all the good things He has done. Life gets easier when you focus on the right things.
Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
IT IS OUR PRAYER THAT YOUR HEART BE STILL AND KNOW THE LORD…
Additional Bible Verses
(Deu 29:4 ESV) But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.
(Isa 6:10 ESV) Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
(Isa 32:4 ESV) The heart of the hasty will understand and know, and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak distinctly.
(Isa 42:25 ESV) So he poured on him the heat of his anger and the might of battle; it set him on fire all around, but he did not understand; it burned him up, but he did not take it to heart.
(Jer 17:9 ESV) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
(Jer 23:20 ESV) The anger of the LORD will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intents of his heart. In the latter days you will understand it clearly.
(Dan 10:12 ESV) Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.
(Mat 13:15 ESV) For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’
(Mat 13:19 ESV) When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.
(Joh 12:40 ESV) “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.”
(Act 28:27 ESV) For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’