Yesterday, when we were reading Proverbs 20, verse 12 stood out to me. It says: “The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both” (Holman Christian Standard Bible). That verse stuck out to me so much that I’ve been working to commit it to memory. It stuck out so much because of what Jesus says, first during his parables in the Gospels and then again in his letters to the churches in Revelation. He uses the phrase: “if anyone has ears to hear, let them hear” in both places; and he encourages his Disciples to have seeing eyes (Mark 8:18, Luke 10:23) and counsels the church in Laodicea to “buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.”
There is a repetitive Biblical theme about humanities inability to hear and see the things of God; our inability to full comprehend what is happening around us. The author of Proverbs reminds us that eyes that see and ears that hear are gifts from God, gifts that Jesus reminds us to chase after and value. Thankfully, Jesus reminds us through his letter to Laodicea in Revelation 3 that he can and will provide us with these gifts.
But the spiritual realm is not the only place where are deaf and blind. Which brings me today’s reading. Proverbs 24:30-34 talks about a situation where the field of a slacker is observed by a passer by, a field overgrown with thorns and weeds, a vineyard with a broken wall destined to produce a poor crop.
As a side note, the broken wall was significant because crops had to be protected from wandering vagabonds as well as wandering and wild livestock. It would be terrible for a vineyard to be picked over by a herd of deranged sheep on the lamb. HA! (yes, I know how bad that was).
Then the author says this: “I SAW and took it to heart”
He had eyes to see. He perceived the state of the slackers field, he saw the connection between the state of the field and the lack of motivation by the owner, and he took that information into his heart and mind as informative about life and how to live it. He had eyes to see.
So many in life lack that ability to see situations in life and learn from them or hear words of correction and actually pay heed to them (the Proverbs has lots to say about the wise listening to correction, but the fool ignoring it).
Let me encourage you, make asking the Holy Spirit to give you eyes to see and ears to hear part of your prayer life. It is part of allowing the Spirit to speak, guide and correct us. You won’t be sorry!
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: 1 Kings 5-6; 2 Chronicles 2-4