“Did you hear me?” My mother would often ask me that question. Years later I would ask my own children that same question. If faith comes by hearing (as stated in Romans 10:17) then the people who were proclaiming the exciting miracles of Jesus made sure everyone heard. The incident of Jesus healing the deaf man with the speech impediment was proclaimed throughout that region. This scripture reminds us that we too need to have our ears opened. Sometimes we clutter our minds with so much input, that we cannot hear the Word clearly. From iPods and iPhones with earphones, satellite TV and radio, we receive unending media input; we allow the world to speak more loudly than the Lord. To clearly hear the gospel message we need to spend more time away from the noise of the world in quiet thought and prayer. Like Jesus trying to keep the witnessing crowds silent, once we hear Him, we should not be quiet about this powerful Word—this most excellent news from this most excellent name, Jesus, who heals our every ill and empowers our lives lived through Him.
Prayer: Father God, your Son opened the ears of the deaf and the eyes of the blind; so fill our senses with your presence that we too can hear and see your message that we need to proclaim. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley,
Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Faith, NC.