When our oldest daughter, Katrina, was about three years old, she could not hear properly in her right ear, so we took her to our family doctor. After giving her a thorough examination, he took a tube of water and shot it into her ear. Would you believe that a wad of paper came out?! It had been lodged deeply within her ear canal and could not be seen by simply peering into her ear. We had no idea the wad of paper was there, impairing her ability to hear. In the same way, sin can keep us from hearing God’s voice clearly. Our pipeline to heaven gets clogged. Sometimes, only the Great Physician can see the obstruction and take it out so that we can hear clearly once again. David’s prayers are good ones for all of us to pray: “See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Ps. 139:24); “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Ps. 51:10).
When our ears get clogged
About the Author: Larry Kreider
Larry has spent the past four decades training leaders to make disciples with the small group concept. Larry serves as the international director of DOVE International, a worldwide network of over 1,100 churches in 25 nations. Larry has written more than 40 books and travels extensively teaching and imparting practical discipleship to leaders globally. Read about Larry or catch up on Larry’s blog.