Looking Carefully @ What I Hear & Who I See
As Jesus said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” But he said, Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it! Luke 11:27-28
The story is told of President Franklin Roosevelt, who often endured long receiving lines at the White House. He complained that no one really paid any attention to what was said. One day, during a reception, he decided to try an experiment. To each person who passed down the line and shook his hand, he murmured, "I murdered my grandmother this morning." The guests responded with phrases like, "Marvelous! Keep up the good work. We are proud of you. God bless you, sir." It was not till the end of the line, while greeting the ambassador from Bolivia, that his words were actually heard. Nonplussed, the ambassador leaned over and whispered, "I'm sure she had it coming."
As Jesus told parables, he often said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." Once he added, "Pay attention to what you hear...(Mark 4:23-24). The Greek "blepow" is translated "pay attention." It means to discern with one's eyes. Once I chose to follow Jesus as Lord, I also chose to filter what I heard. One is responsible for what one hears, which is one reason Jesus told parables. He hid the truth within stories to see who would pursue truth. And yikes, once I hear truth, I am responsible to live it. As he said to the woman quoted above, blessed are people who hear God's word and keep it. Keep it is "phulasso, the concept of guarding a person or idea so it cannot escape.
Have you noticed the vast number of narratives available today? It's worse than choosing cereal at the grocery. We've advanced technologically to a place where anything can be found, sane to insane to guano crazy on our social platforms. Consider:
Decide to give God's Word the highest place in heart / mind. Choose His narrative.
Recognize how many false narratives are available, and limit what you hear.
Practice discernment (blepow) by comparing news, media, entertainment with this filter -- "What does God have to say about this?"
Monitor your personal fear/worry/panic level as you respond to social media and news outlets. Not ostrich-like but remembering God is a God of peace.
Like you, what I hear impacts me. What I see influences me. These days we must intensify listening to God, develop greater discernment, keeping eyes on the author and
perfecter of our faith, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Guarding what I hear, keeping the good stuff, Perry Floyd