“Whoever has ears ought to hear.” Matthew 13:9
Jesus was telling the people a story from a boat because there were so many gathered, he climbed in to preach so the masses didn’t crowd Him. He spoke that day of the sower who was dealing with all types of soil for His crops. Each place the seed went had a very different result. When I read this verse, it sounds a bit odd to me. However to the Jews to whom Matthew addressed his Gospel, this was just right.
From Deuteronomy when the law was first given, the people were commanded to HEAR, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! Deuteronomy 6:4. This was the centerpiece of Morning and Evening prayers. Their Shema is the affirmation of the oneness of God. Shema comes from the Hebrew term for the first word in the verse, hear!
God never shouts. He whispers. That is why it is crucial that I listen attentively. He lays out His plans in gentle voice and calm revelation. Only when I am attentive will I hear Him. There is much distraction in my world so I must be quiet and go to a place apart in order to HEAR.
Lord, I want to increase in holiness and peace. Help me to silence my mind and heart and listen for the gentle word that is Your way. Want to be present and allow Your Spirit to wash over me. Help me to HEAR!