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Psalm 104:12 – The birds nest beside the streams and sing among the branches of the trees. (NLT)
Matthew 11:15 – He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (KJV)
My friend's husband, recently fitted with hearing aids, came through the storage house door, calling with urgency, "Honey, there are birds chirping in my ears. We best call the doctor." Taken aback, his wife said, "Let's go outside and listen." They went outside, and sure enough, the trees across the road were full of chirping birds. The couple, seeing the humour, laughed, praised God, and decided that, yes indeed, the new hearing aids were working as designed.
He needed time to adapt to the sounds around him because his hearing had been greatly diminished for a long time. Now the hearing device brings an auditory blessing to the man, who now hears birds chirping at a distance, the slapping of waves against the sand, and the whisper of the wind.
The soft still voice of the Holy Spirit as it prompts the heart toward obedience requires hearing aids of a different type. Our relationship with God –– Father, Son, and Holy Spirit –– comes best by hearing the Word of God daily. We have spiritual ears that are designed as a channel for God's love and instruction. What a joy it is to listen to Him heart-speak to us in a still, small voice of encouragement each day to move us forward. Hearing God's Word prepares our hearts so that they can meld with Jesus' love for us and cause us to desire that everyone might know the joy that comes to believers who are blessed by the hearing and keeping of God's Word in our lives.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to realize and develop this precious gift of hearing that we have been given to increase our faith. May we take the time to listen to the birds and to Your Word each day, so that we take the sounds to heart. We pray that everyone might hear Your voice. Amen.
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May it be so, Karen.
Amen Karen, thanks for a good, well-written word today.
What a delight to read this witty and memorable devotional this morning that encourages my faith.
Yes! Thank God for the still, small voice of His Spirit’s encouragement. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.
Thank you, Karen. This reminds me of the time my husband upgraded his hearing aids and was able to hear conversations around a large dinner table.
This is so true and you put it exactly the way I feel but just never was able to explain it like this. Loved it!!!
Karen, this is a lovely devotional. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. “All nature sings…” (a favourite hymn). Thank God for ears to hear His voice!
Blessings on your day today!
My new year’s resolution this year was to pray for myself and others that they would hear God.
I was on a retreat a few years ago and the main idea presented was that God is always broadcasting to us. We need to tune in to God’s wavelength to listen.
Thanks for the encouragement to keep me praying.
Very good devotional today. Like the man who was so thankful and in awe of hearing the birds chirping for the first time, so it is with God’s children, each and every time we hear the Holy Spirit’s voice. Whether it is through the written Word or His still small voice inside us, it is always an awesome, miraculous, life changing experience.
Dear Karen Milam,
Thank you for your cheering devotional.
Taken aback or not taken aback, I thank God with you and your husband for a successful operation that has given him much that he was missing – and you too and all with whom he will associate.
Now he will hear in church too.
I have some understanding of what he has been through, though my problem is not that severe. After-church service meals are sometimes torturous to me. I have functional hearing in one ear, so practically all sound comes blasting into my best ear in confusion. I enjoy summer outside church picnics most.
May God continue to bless you and yours.