Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 21)
Ears: God's Ear
The Eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His Ears are attentive to their prayers...
1 Peter 3:12 (NKJV)
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His Face from you, so that He will not hear.
Isaiah 59:2 (NKJV)
Surely, every saint would like the Lord's Ear. Holding confident communications with the Creator of the universe is like standing on Rock in shifting sand, like holding His Hand during turbulence, like 'A very present help in trouble' (Psalm 46:1).
Sadly, every saint does not have His Ear. Their pleas and prayers are not regarded, because they are like soldiers who have gone rogue, following the enemy's lines--not His. 'He who turns away his ear from listening to the Law, even his prayer is an abomination' (Proverbs 28:9).
'Therefore, I indeed will deal in wrath. My Eye will have no pity nor will I spare; and though they cry in My Ears with a loud voice, yet I will not listen to them' (Ezekiel 8:18).
But didn't Christ release us from the Law? First He fulfilled It. Then He became It. If we don't follow our Captain's Orders, He may not hear us when we most need Him.
'Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name, cast out demons in Your Name, and done many wonders in Your Name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' ' (Matthew 7:21-23).
Actors, models and talent for Christ, consider how some have gone AWOL:
1) 'Surely God will not listen to an empty cry, nor will the Almighty regard it' (Job 35:13). If they are empty of His Spirit, His guidance, goodness, purpose and fruit, their hollow hearts issue hollow pleas.
2) 'He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be answered' (Proverbs 21:13). When Christians disregard suffering (and instead regard their own welfare), why would the Lord of mercy heed them?
3) 'If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear' (Psalm 66:18). To choose evil when better is known is a deal-breaking code of conduct. 'Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin' (James 4:17).
Actors, models and talent for Christ, if you keep your ears tuned to your Lord, He will keep His Ears tuned in to you.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.