Do you or someone you know of have selective hearing? It’s an easy accusation to cast upon others, but one that we are all too guilty of from time to time. My grandmother is 86 and very hard of hearing. It’s been a joke for some time between my grandfather and I that she has very selective hearing. Often she struggles to hear what you say directly to her, but somehow manages to hear my pap and I making some joke toward her from across the room. Her situation makes us laugh, but it is an all too serious matter in the daily affairs of men. People often hear what they want, rather than what they need. We filter out the details that run counter to our preconceived notions. More often, we shut our ears to that which our culture today defines as, “offense.”
The Bible urges us to bow down our ears and hear the “words of the wise.” Who then is wise? And who has wisdom? The Scriptures teach us that in Jesus Christ are “hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” It sounds to me that an awful lot of what we should know about this present life, well, all that we should know, is found in Christ alone. We sometimes assume that there is line dividing the Spiritual and this present life. We keep then divided and compartmentalized. It’s easier for us that way, lest we become totally “entrapped” in a walk with God. There is no such line. The Bible also says, “when Christ, who IS our life shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.” Did you catch that? When you and I trust Christ to be our Saviour, He becomes our life.
It would behoove us then to hear His word. After having heard, then we can properly apply our heart to knowledge. This is the second aspect of wisdom: application. The Bible then goes on to assure us that it will be a pleasant thing if we so live, that we may learn to keep our trust in the Lord. For how can we trust someone we know not? And what promises can we claim that we are ignorant of? The great importance of hearing everything that God has to say cannot be understated. Let us begin today to ask the Lord to help us to not have selective hearing.