This evening I sat at the dining room table of one of the greatest prayer warriors I have ever known. She told me about a profound day in her life that I would like to share with you.
You see, my friend has Menieres Disease. It is an awful disease that destroys a persons hearing. It is gradual, but someone who suffers from Menieres may eventually wake up one day and be completely deaf. My friend told me that after her diagnosis, she noticed that her hearing had worsened, so the doctor fit her with some new hearing aids. She recalls leaving his office with the hearing aids in place and going to the elevator where she saw a sign that said, “Out of order”. She found the stairs and began her decent. It wasn’t long before she noticed a loud sound like thudding echoed through the staircase. Finally she stopped and tried to locate the source of the thudding, but the sound had stopped. My friend shrugged her shoulders and kept going and noticed the thudding had commenced once more. She stopped and the thudding also stopped. She told me she stood there in that hospital stairwell all alone and wondered what was happening.
Then it dawned on her….
The thudding was the sound of her footsteps. A sound she had not heard in a long time and forgotten. The new hearing aids were doing their job and as the sound transmitted to the brain, my friend recognized the sound of her own footsteps.
She had gotten so use to NOT hearing, that it was an amazing moment when she understood that she could hear again.
That’s the way it is in our spiritual lives at times, isn’t it?
We haven’t heard from the Lord in a long time because we don’t read and study His Word. We become Spiritually deaf. Then one day we hear a sermon, read a blog, or go to revival meetings and His Word provides us with some spiritual hearing aids. Our hearts and minds are shocked by what we hear and read. Those are the moments when we realize how much we have forgotten about how Wonderful God is. We realize that because of Jesus Christ, we have remission of sins. We realize the glaring lack of His presence in our lives.
”Hear this all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world: Both low and high, rich and poor, together. My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.” Psalm 49:1-4
I never want to become deaf to the knowledge that Christ died for me. Do you?
When is the last time you read Matthew 26, Mark 14, or Luke 22? Do those references mean anything to you? They should.
Each of these passages gives an account about the day before Christ died. They tell of when He met with His disciples in the Upper Room and instituted what we refer to now as “The Lord’s Supper” or “Communion”.
John gives us a wonderful look at what Jesus said to them during those hours.
You and I may have read these accounts and heard preachers preach sermons on these subjects and yet we have become so deaf to it that we don’t pay attention to the precious, wonderful, amazing character of Jesus that is shown.
Put on some spiritual hearing aids with me and discern between noise and Truth.
“So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;” Proverbs 2:2
(Read Exodus 12 so you can get a clearer picture of what Jesus was observing and why)
The Lord’s Supper is not just an Ordinance we observe in the local church. It is also an extraordinary example of how to live as a Christian and trust God with everything.
You see, Jesus was 100% man, AND 100% God. That means as He shifted His body into a humble position to wash His disciples feet, He KNEW He would be humiliated and spat on the very next day by the very people He had come to seek and to save. As He broke bread with His chosen, He felt the staff in His hand and He KNEW that in a few hours He would feel nails being driven into them. As the leather strap of His sandals tightened across the top of His feet, He KNEW that soon He would be in extreme pain because nails would be securing His appendages to a cross. He girded His robes and surely at some point when John leaned on Him, Jesus saw the ripped skin and flesh bleeding that was soon to occur.
Jesus looked into the eyes of the men He had walked with and trained and LOVED and He broke the bread, fortelling of His broken body. He blessed the cup and told them to drink all of it, foretelling of His blood He would shed.
When Jesus sang the hymn with His disciples, He KNEW that His same voice projecting praise unto God would also cry out “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”
He KNEW all of the berating, the pain, the sacrifice was for the entire world. I believe He saw into the future when a little basketball player named Sheri would run to the altar and beg Him to save her. I believe He counted my soul in the cost and found me worth it.
And with all His knowledge…..He was so calm.
THAT teaches me something. In the face of great trial (nothing of which can compare to what Jesus, My Saviour, faced at Calvary):
- I can trust God
- I can keep my composure.
- I can point others to God.
- I can take time for others.
- I can teach.
- I can sing!
- I can be willing.
This post has come at a price on my heart, mind and spirit as I have taken the time to dwell on what Jesus did for me. As I read the Scriptures, I realized how long it had been since I had listened with my heart and meditated on these passages. These chapters are not just page fillers and words to read…..they are recorded moments that have transformed my life. And as a missionary, it renews my personal devotion to keep telling others in Brazil about His sacrifice.
You and I CAN face tomorrow and all the evils it may hold and we can face it with the same trust Jesus had…..that it will be worth it all.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Genesis 18-19 / I Samuel 12 / Psalm 10 / Matthew 11