The scripture for today, April 23, is Mark 4:23 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Some of us read a passage in the Bible and say, “I know it says that, but it doesn’t mean that.” We just don’t want to hear it.
It’s hard to admit we are wrong, isn’t it? It’s human nature. And in the realm of religion, it is even harder because we’re talking about our eternal soul. So reading that we’re supposed to be doing or not doing something that we’ve never followed before is like being on a bridge over a roaring river, and suddenly realizing the bridge is breaking and we are not as safe as we thought we were. Let us take our human egos out of the way.
Let’s say, for example, you have a wood or cooking project. If you leave a major step out, it results in your creation not turning out right. You might turn a blind eye to the correct way, give up and throw your creation away so that you never have the joy of whatever you were creating. Or you may go back and check what you have done until you find your mistake, are glad you found the mistake, see it with seeing eyes, correct it, and then have the joy of your creation.
Let us not fight God like spiritual teenagers trying to boss their parents. We are God’s creation. He is just trying to help us.
Instead of spiritual blindness and deafness, let us have eyes that truly see, and ears that truly hear the Word of God.