God gives grace to the humble–but He rejects the proud. We all know this–but today, I was reminded that Christ often added this little statement to some of His most meaningful words: “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Why do people who have ears not hear? The Psalmist says something very interesting in Psalm 40:6: “…but you have given me an open ear…” In context, the Psalmist is seeking to align himself with those who make God their trust, who do not turn to the proud, who see God like no one else, and are not externally giving of themselves to “religious activities.” Yet, it is God who opens the ear–this is truly gracious of God to open the ears of those who love Him alone.
I wonder then, how much do I really miss hearing God because my ears are so closed to him and filled with other things–even religious things that are as big as burnt offerings and sacrifices. Over time, the goodness and grace of God is not what marks my life–it is burnt offerings and sacrifices that gives a deafening sound to all around me. Grace isn’t flowing; self-righteousness is. Our churches are filled with people like me. Consequently, there is very little hearing of God and the aroma of Christ and the grace of God is quiet. So we resort to manufactured burnt offerings and sacrifices and just “do church.” Grace doesn’t flow–not because God is on break or taking a nap, but because we are not making Him our trust.
Trust in the Lord! Pursue His great grace today and let your heart and mind and soul be filled with all the fullness of Him. Let those of us who have ears, let us hear!