August 27, 2021 Memory Verse

Matthew 13:16 Do You Really See And Hear?

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

Seeing and hearing can sometimes be a challenge. There are pictures made with thousands of little dots. If one looks at it closely, he is unable to see what the picture is of. If he stands back and looks, one can then focus on what the picture is about.

The same can go with hearing. Words can be said, but the meaning behind them is often lost on many people. There is often a deeper meaning than just the basic meaning of the words.

Jesus had just told several parables to the people. He then tells the disciples that they are blessed because they can see and hear.

Through the scriptures and every day life, God is always speaking and doing things. God is working in the lives of every person around the world. Most people do not hear or see what God is saying and doing.

The primary reason most do not see or hear is that they are busy with the temporary things of this world. Their focus is only on what is temporary and physical. At times when God is working in their lives, instead of seeing His hand at work, they see it as their own hard work, or pure luck of the draw.

Believers who have allowed their eyes and ears to be opened to seeing and hearing God, will see and hear Him. They will keep their focus upon the things of God, more than the temporary things of the world.

As they read God’s word, they will not just see stories, but they will see how God wants them to live their lives. They will actually see and hear the living and active word of God in their lives.

God is also at work in your life, regardless of where you are or what you are doing. He loves and cares for you more than you will ever know or fully understand.

Seek to see and hear how God is at work in your life and around your life. Do not allow yourself to just go through the motions of life focused upon the temporary things of this world.

As your eyes and ears are open to God and His kingdom, God will be able to do great and mighty things in and through you.

Can you see and hear today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear what God is saying through Scriptures and His Holy Spirit; that you will see what God is doing in and around you; that you will know the blessing of seeing and hearing God; and that you will allow God to use you to build His kingdom.

1 Peter 3:12 Be Seen And Heard By God

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. 1 Peter 3:12

Everyone likes to be seen and heard by other people. This is especially true of being seen and heard by those in authority.

No one likes to be ignored or brushed aside. To keep this from occurring, people will do nearly anything they can to be heard. Instead of doing the right thing, often, some people will cause trouble and do harm in order to be heard.

After talking about having to suffer, Peter points out where God’s eyes and ears are. He sees and hears those who are doing what is right, but is set against those who do evil.

On a regular basis people are confronted with the conflict of whether to do the right thing and suffer or to do what is wrong and appear to get away with no suffering. Choosing to do what is right will often go against the common thought of the day and will cause suffering.

Very few people like to suffer, so they will often choose to do wrong to avoid any unnecessary suffering. Believers are often found to compromise their stand for God, to avoid suffering and ridicule.

The believer who has chosen to do wrong will often wonder why God does not answer their prayers. Instead of choosing to repent and do correct, they live with their choice and justify it, making God turn against them and refuse to hear their cries. Many will have to learn to live with their bad choices, because of their refusal to do what was right the first time.

Just as Jesus chose to do right, even when it cost Him His life, so should the believer always choose to do the right thing before God and man.

If you are feeling as though God is ignoring your prayers and is against you, check yourself for about whether you are doing what is right or wrong.

Get yourself into God’s word and be led by His Holy Spirit to guide you in making the right choices every time. Do what God wants you to do, so that He will be able to see and hear your prayers.

God wants to be for you, not against you, but you must also be for Him and not against Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to do what God wants you to do; that God will give you strength to do what is right; that God will sustain you in times of suffering; and that God will see and hear your prayers.