Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. (Revelation 2:7 NLT)
Relate: Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy/ Do you hear what I hear/(do you hear what I hear)/Ringing through the sky shepherd boy/Do you hear what I hear /(do hear what I hear)/A song, a song/High above the trees/With a voice as big as the sea/With a voice as big as the sea
I have wondered why on earth the lamb is asking the shepherd boy if he hears what he hears. If it is ringing through the sky-with a voice as big as the sea, wouldn’t it be obvious that the shepherd boy hears it too? This Christmas carol makes me think of how we can all be exposed to the same words, but not really hear them. We all have ears to hear, but we have to actively chose to listen to the Spirit to understand.
In What the Bible Says About the Holy Spirit, Dr. Horton states, “We do not need to guess or imagine what is in the mind of God, for the Holy Spirit which we have received is of God ‘that we may understand what God has freely given us’ (I Corinthians 2:12). Paul included his readers here. The same certainty of truth the Paul received from the Holy Spirit is available to every believer.”
React: God has given us everything we need. He sent us his son to allow man and God to have right relationship. He sent Jesus to make a way for the very Spirit of God to be present in our own lives. It is through his Spirit we can understand his words more clearly and live more freely.
Said the king to the people everywhere,/listen to what I say/Pray for peace, people everywhere!/listen to what I say/The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night
/He will bring us goodness and light/He will bring us goodness and light.
If you have ears to hear, listen to the Spirit.
Dear God, I thank you for the gift of your son. I thank you for the goodness and the light you give so freely. I pray you will help us to receive your Spirit in our lives so that we may understand your words, your will, and your way for us. Give us ears to hear, and hearts to understand. Amen