The problem is your ears

On Monday morning I was up early spending some time in the Word and in prayer. I had just read through Proverbs 31 and Proverbs 1 when I decided to close my eyes and spend some time praying. After I lifted up the days actives to the Lord and asked for his help in areas that I needed it, I dozed for a few minutes. What woke me up not long after was a strong thought. Almost as if someone spoke it to me and woke me up. The thought was this:

The problem is your ears.

I didn’t understand. It was weird to me and didn’t make any sense. If it hadn’t woken me up and felt so intentional, I would have dismissed it.

I felt the Holy Spirit prompt me to say it out loud. So I did.

“The problem is my ears.”

It still didn’t make sense, but I felt sure the Lord was speaking to me. So I went back and read through Proverbs 1 again. At the very end of the chapter it says “But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear or harm”. (Proverbs 1:33 NLT)

I got it then.

The problem is my ears. The problem is what I’m listening to and what I’m believing as truth. My ears have been bent to the worries, fears, and concerns of this world. And I’ve been listening to people and their logic, Satan and his twists, more than what God says in his Word.

If we spend more time concerned with the world, we will be troubled, lost and fearful.

But if we listen to God and his Word, we will know truth. We will know wisdom. We will know his power, his love and his will.

But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear or harm. 

Listen for the Lord and set your mind on him. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. (Proverbs 2:3 NLT)

Are you looking for wisdom?

First Corinthians starts talking about wisdom in verse 18, all the way through chapter two and maybe into chapter three as well. But the verse I can’t move past is chapter 1 verse 21, which says:

God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom.

It has me thinking of examples of human wisdom versus God’s wisdom.

Human wisdom says that the only way to have enough energy for my day is to get as much sleep as possible and have a perfectly balanced routine. But godly wisdom says it starts by first abiding in Him. For we do not live off of bread alone, but by every word that comes from the Lord. (Luke 4:4)

Human wisdom says that to find fulfillment and purpose, I need to make things happen, doing everything in my power to make a name for myself. But God says that selfish ambition leads to evil of every kind, and that we must instead serve one another. (James 3:15-16, Matthew 23:11)

And how do we gain salvation? Not through daring feats, wondrous acts or perfect behavior….but by surrender.

We don’t find wisdom by looking at our own understanding of how the world works. We find it by looking to God and trusting his Word.

The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. – 1 Corinthians 1:18 NLT

Our Confident Hope

About a year ago, I received uncertain medical news about a loved one. I remember feeling the weight of it. The ache in my heart. I went into the bathroom at work and prayed. As I sat there on the cold tile floor, I felt unable to continue. Unable to muster up the strength to face another medical crisis.

I hate it, but sometimes…this is life. Jesus promised we would face troubles of many kinds. We can’t tell life, “Thanks, but I’m done now.”

But we can tell Jesus, “This is where I stop, and you begin.”

My husband encouraged me that day by texting me Romans 12:12 which says, “Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”

So I whispered to the tile walls, God is not done. He is my refuge. I can trust his timing and his decisions.

The unease didn’t leave me, but this reminder gave me something to cling to. It was an anchor to remind me who God is and what he is capable of.

Sometimes the most helpful reminder is to acknowledge that He is our refuge. In crisis, may you find your strength by turning into the embrace of Jesus.

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.
Psalm 91:1-2 NLT