Hearing is the Key

Are you looking for something to believe?  Try hearing instead.  Faith comes by hearing, NOT seeing.


John 6:14 – Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.


Take a moment to re-read our Text for Today.  What was it that provoked the people to believe that Jesus was the prophet of which the Scriptures had foretold?  The answer is evident.  We read that “they had seen the miracle that Jesus did.”  In the days in which Jesus was upon the earth, people were no different than people of today in this regard.  In general, people are moved far more quickly and respond much more strongly to what they see.  Sight is, without a doubt, the most influential of our five senses.

But stop for a moment and consider that I say.  While sight is indeed a very powerful influence on our personal belief systems, it is NOT Father’s chosen means of bringing faith into our heart, feeding that faith, and strengthening that faith for the fights we encounter in our earthly journey.  That method, set in order by the Lord is HEARING.  Yet when we look around, we still see multitudes of people whose lives are caught up on seeing.  Consider, for a moment, Jesus in His dealing with the Syrophoenician woman.  At her first attempt, Jesus ignored her.  She came for Him to heal her daughter, and her approach was purely in the flesh.  Jesus ignored her.  At that point she moved into the weighty emotional realm.  She wept at His feet, worshipping Him.  At that point Jesus called her and her daughter dogs.  That stirred her to move into the faith arena, and I’m not sure if she even realized it.  Her words belied anger; “the dogs get the crumbs.”  I’m sure she was both shocked that this man of mercy would call her a dog, and angered at the reference.  Still, Jesus’ response to her was simple.  He told her that her faith was great, and that because of her words, her daughter was whole.  He provoked her to a “good” work, to a “work of faith.”  Her flesh approach received no response at all.  Her emotional response received chastisement.  Her faith response received what she desired.  Father has not changed.  He is still the same.

Moving Father is still the work of faith, not feelings.  Faith still comes by hearing, not seeing.  Seeing provokes the flesh and the mind.  Hearing is the pathway to the human spirit.  Go to the word, dear friend.  Read it aloud; confess your faith, and that boldly so.  Speak to yourself in “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.”  Hear the voice of men of God who preach the truth in love.  Let faith rise in your hearts, and bring it forth in the words you speak.  Remember, hearing is the key. 

Manna for Today – John 6:1-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Romans 10:6-17; Hebrews 11:1-6;       Matthew 15:21-28