Has your Mother… or anyone really….. every told you to “clean out your ears”? Maybe because they have tried to tell you something and have had to repeat it …. over.. and over… and over….and you still can’t comprehend what was said. Maybe it was because you were exercising the “gift” of selective hearing…. Maybe you were so “tuned in” to what ever you were doing at the time you just “tuned out” everything else! Or…. maybe we are just getting older and don’t hear like we used to. You may have heard several Jokes involving a sometimes minor “miscommunication” that are were really quite comical. oh….. why not….. I’ll post a few …. just to get the point across of course….
A man was bragging about his new hearing aid and how great it was and how well he could hear with it. His friend asks what kind is it and the man responded 12:30.An old man goes to his doctor and says, “I don’t think my wife’s hearing is as good as it used to be. What should I do?” The doctor replies, “Try this test to find out for sure. When your wife is in the kitchen doing dishes, stand 15 feet behind her and ask her a question. If she doesn’t respond keep moving closer, asking the question until she hears you.” The man goes home and sees his wife preparing dinner. He stands 15 feet behind her and says, “What’s for dinner, honey?” No response. He moves to 10 feet behind her and asks again — no response. Five feet, no answer. Finally, he stands directly behind her and asks, “Honey, what’s for supper?” She says, “For the fourth time, I SAID CHICKEN!”
Three hard of hearing dudes are standing on a street corner. First hard of hearing dude says, “Brrrrr, its windy!” Second one says, “No…it’s Thursday.” Third one says, “Me too, let’s go get a drink.”
ok….well I am sure by now you have gotten the point…anyway…This morning I was reading in my Bible…. Matthew 17. I read when the Disciples were not able to cure the boy with Epilepsy…. where Jesus rebuked the demon…. and when He was given the question of why they could not drive it out He then told them ….” Because of the littleness of your faith (that is, your lack of firmly relying trust. For truly I say to you, If you have faith (that is living) like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you” (Matthew 17:20 AMP) I ponder over that a little while thinking about the “pity party” I had just had the day before and then thinking how God has probably given out many deep sighs directed right at me for questioning His work and timing in my life. ….. I prayed “Lord… increase my faith” as I read farther. Verse 22 ….. When they were going about here and there in Galilee, Jesus said to them, The Son of Man is going to be turned over into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and He will be raised (to Life) again on the third day. And they were deeply and exceedingly grieved and distressed. I have read that verse…heard that verse in Sermons and in teachings but today what jumped out to me was the last line…. And they were deeply and exceedingly grieved and distressed. They had just been told that Jesus…. would be turned over to the hands of men and would be killed…. And they were deeply and exceedingly grieved and distressed. In the NLV it says it this way…. The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of His enemies. 23 He will be killed, BUT on the third day He will be raise from the dead……. Wait…. didn’t they hear the next part?……. The BEST part?…….and He will be raised (to Life) again on the third day! Did they miss that part …. the “but”…..and that was why they were deeply and exceedingly grieved and distressed? We are so funny ….. We tend to grab hold of the bad news way to quickly and forget that there will ALWAYS be a “but” somewhere in every situation we encounter…. That “but” means that we can…. and should … disregard the importance of everything that came before it…..and focus on what comes after the “but”! Yes….It may be a fact…. that you lost your job…. you can not pay all the bills this month…. that the Dr. said there was little to know hope …. that your children have turned away from God… that The Son of Man is going to be turned over into the hands of men, and they will kill Him….. BUT….. Hang in there…. keep believing….keep standing on your faith…. and listen for that voice that finishes the sentence of your life that says… BUT…… He (your situation) will be (HAS ALREADY BEEN) RAISED to LIFE again………!!!