Matthew 13:16 Can You See And Hear?

But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. Matthew 13:16

Events and situations are occurring all the time everywhere. Usually most, if not all, of these events are occurring with a purpose. There is some purpose that is desired to occur in the process of having that event.

The majority of the time, the purpose is right there on the surface, plain to see. However, for many other events, there are ulterior motives for the event that is not always directly seen or made known. There can be a hidden agenda behind the event.

Jesus had just spoken a parable and the disciples realized that not everyone would understand it. He tells them they are blessed when they can truly see and hear with understanding.

Most people see life as just happening. People trying to enjoy life with their freedoms, whether in or not in a sinful way. Each person is seen as just going about life in their own way in the here and now only, with no mind to long term or eternity.

While life often appears this way, there are spiritual forces at work behind the scenes. God is working to build His kingdom, while Satan is working to stop God’s kingdom. The world uses small innuendos to guide people’s thinking and actions away from God.

At the same time God is working in this world in His own way. In order for a person to see or hear what God is doing and saying, they must have open eyes and ears. They must be able to perceive what is going on in the unseen realm of this world, the spiritual realm.

Just as the disciples began to understand some of what Jesus was saying and doing, so must believers today understand.

When Jesus left the earth, He sent His Holy Spirit so that you may be guided in God’s ways. Allow the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and ears to see and hear what is really happening. Allow God to reveal what He means with what He said in His word.

As your spiritual eyes and ears are opened, you will be blessed. The blessing comes from fully understanding what is occurring around you. It comes from being able to understand God’s word to you and this world.

Can you really hear and see what God is doing? Today I pray that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; that God will open your eyes and ears; that you will see and hear what is occurring in the spiritual realm; and that you will know God’s blessings with understanding.

Isaiah 32:3 Seeing And Hearing

Listening and hearing

Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. Isaiah 32:3 

People can see and hear without really seeing or hearing. The eyes can be deceived very easily, making what is not real to appear to be real. The words being said can be false, yet appear as though they are truth.

The majority of people in the world live as though they know the truth and reality of life. They feel as if they are in complete control of their destiny and everything will work out correctly.

Often they do not see what is just around the corner or the disaster that they are walking into.

Isaiah talks of a time when the people will be able to really see and will be able to really hear what is being said. They will no longer be blind and unhearing.

In the church there are many people who claim to be believers and followers of Jesus, yet do not really hear what He is saying. They cannot see what God is doing and the path God is leading them on.

They have chosen to close up their eyes and ears to what God is saying and doing in order to live their life in their own way. Living in purposeful sin is refusing to hear what God says about that sin. It is rejecting God and His ways.

Others have chosen to allow their eyes and ears to be open to what God is saying and doing. They see what is sin and what is not sin. They understand what it really means to follow after God.

Living for God is a choice that has to be done with open eyes and ears. In one’s own self he cannot make the right choices and will always choose to sin. But with God’s guidance by His Holy Spirit and word, he can choose to live for God.

Seek to have God open your eyes and ears to what He is saying. God is right there to guide you in how to live for Him. God has called you to live a holy life in service to Him.

Instead of closing your eyes and ears to God’s word, allow those words in to change your life. See what God can do in your life and through your life in order to make you more like Jesus and to build His kingdom on this earth.

I pray today that you will open your ears and eyes to God; that God will help you to see what He is doing; that you will know God’s plan for your life; and that you will live for God with all of your life.