TOPIC: HE WHO HAS EARS (II)
Read: 2 Timothy 4:1-5
2 Timothy 4:1-5 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (Revelation 2:29)
Sometimes, we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and we just let things go in through one ear and go out from other. A married couple sits at the breakfast table. The man, reading the paper, says, “Honey, listen to this news item: ‘A study was done that shows conclusively that women speak twice as many words as man!’
“Wife: ‘Well, we women always have to repeat ourselves because you men never hear us the first time, we say something.’
“Husband: ‘What did you say?’
Just look at the husband’s reply. This shows that listening is never easy. Is it? All of us are so easily distracted like that husband, even in church!
When someone gets up during a sermon, perhaps to go to the bathroom, at least one-third of the eyes in the sanctuary follow the person out. Why? Possibly out of curiosity or baseless concern, that the person doesn’t fall! People’s minds can easily drift away to their afternoon plans during sermon before realising that no word of the preacher has been heard for about five minutes earlier. On other occasions, when we are in discussion, we will hear a point we want to respond to and begin to formulate ours, not hearing anything the other person says. All these point to the importance of having hearing ears.
What Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy then, is what God saying to you today. Do not develop itching ears and prefer speculative opinions of men to the hearing of the practical truths of the Gospel (2 Tim. 4:3-4). A hearing ear will truly listen and seek understanding, not being tickled with the language and accent of the fine speakers, and then abandon the good and faithful preachers. Develop good listening skills to the Word of God that the Gospel truths may take root in your heart and mind convincingly with all convictions.
1. In Jesus’ name, I receive this day, the hearing ears to profit in all aspects of life.
2. Holy Spirit, remove every satanic, demonic, God-dishonouring plugs in my spiritual ears, now, in Jesus’ name.
3. Pray for preachers of the Word of God everywhere, for the grace to always wait on God to receive sufficiently from Him before preaching.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Job 30:12 – 32:3; Acts 26:8 – 26:29