Those Who Have Ears to Hear, Let Them Hear


"Write this letter to the angel of the church in Smyrna. This is the message from the one who is the First and the Last, who was dead but is now alive: ‘I know about your suffering and your poverty—but you are rich! I know the blasphemy of those opposing you. They say they are Jews, but they are not, because their synagogue belongs to Satan. Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The devil will throw some of you into prison to test you. You will suffer for ten days. But if you remain faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life. Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. Whoever is victorious will not be harmed by the second death.’" - Revelation 2:8-11

In the first three chapters of Revelation where John writes to the seven churches of Asia he five times instructs the people, “Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

We have relatives who are hearing impaired and when they visit we have problems with communication when we are together as a group. We hearing relatives assume our non-hearing relatives follow our discussion on the plans for the day and unintentionally leave their input out while not clarifying what we will be doing. This creates ill will and a bit of chaos.

In the instructional quote John repeats five times (“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches”) he is referring to our “spiritual ears” or hearts and the importance of listening to God’s spirit or guidance for our lives. Our natural tendency is to move forward with our agenda or plan that we feel will serve our life’s purpose well. No thought is given to what God’s spirit wants for us nor time to pray and ask His guidance. When our wonderful plan flops we then have negative feelings towards God and experience chaos. We need to allow time communing with Him instead of treating him like we do our hearing impaired guests and then act puzzled when our decision is not blessed.

In this passage to the church at Smyrna John encourages the congregation as he knows they are a financially poor group of believers, but rich spiritually. He tells them not to be afraid of what they will suffer but to know in the end they will have an eternal reward.

I feel in spite of our strengths or weaknesses as individuals, God shows us grace. He wants the best for us and repeatedly works on opening our ears to His will and way.

Let’s work at allowing Him to speak to our hearts and minds by making time daily to listen to His Spirit. - Rita S.

Prayer song: "Open my eyes that I may see visions of truth Thou hast for me; place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free. Silently now I wait for Thee Ready my God Thy will to see Open my eyes illumine me, Spirit divine! Open my ears, that I may hear Voices of truth Thou sendest clear; And while the wave-notes fall on my ear, Everything false will disappear. Silently now I wait for Thee, Ready, my God, Thy will to see Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine!" -- Clara H. Scott, 1895
Oct 25 2017