A man told his doctor, "I don't think my wife's hearing is as good as it used to be. What should I do?" The doctor replied, "Try this test first. When your wife is at the sink doing dishes, stand 15 feet behind her and ask her a question. If she doesn't respond, keep moving closer, asking the question until she hears you." He went home and saw his wife preparing dinner. Standing 15 feet behind her he said, "What's for dinner, honey?" Hearing no reply, he moved up to 10 feet behind her and repeated the question. Still no reply, so he moved to 5 feet. Finally, he stood directly behind her and said, "Honey, what's for dinner tonight?" She turned around and yelled in his face, "For the 4th time, I SAID CHICKEN, you deaf old goat!
“Therefore, I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” Matthew 13:13
The inability to hear someone can be so frustrating! I blame my hearing issues on driving a jeep for 5 years, but it doesn’t really matter, the damage is done! When you can’t hear, you feel isolated, lonely, ignorant and incomplete. There’s such a difference between being deaf and not listening. We should sympathize with the deaf, but if you choose not to listen, that’s a different story.
Jesus was talking about the spiritually “hard of hearing, spiritually deaf.” What prevents us from hearing? Sin, pride, unbelief, busyness, distractions, and the list could continue. Sin breaks fellowship with God, so though we have a relationship, we just don’t answer. Pride is probably the root of all these answers, because we don’t want to answer to anyone. Unbelief is denying the existence of God or His concern for the individual. Busyness comes from our pride and selfishness and unwillingness to value God. Just too busy with selfish wants and worldly pleasures or priorities to ever answer and listen to God. There are so many distractions! Some of them are of our own making, some are just natural results of living in this world and some are the result of our circumstances. Regardless of the origin of our distractions, we must choose to listen to God’s Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We must choose to obey. That is the way to understanding. That is the way to a right relationship with God.