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Well, it has happened again! My ears are clogged for the second time this year. The official medical diagnosis for my condition is an excessive accumulation of cerumen. In laymen’s terms, I’ve got too much wax in my ear.

Six months ago when one of my ears was blocked, I went to one of those quick medical clinics at the pharmacy. A large lady took a small instrument which she promised would not hurt me and then performed what seemed like brain surgery. She dug so far into my ear that I thought I was going to scream. After each “dig” she would proudly show me the newest piece of wax, smugly proclaiming that this chunk was larger than the last one. Upon leaving, I swore that I would never let that happened again. Well, guess what?

This time though, both of my ears are clogged. Needless to say, it has really affected my hearing. Conversations are muzzled, I can’t hear the phone and I have to strain to hear the television. Poor Vickie and Mark are tired of yelling and having to repeat things over and over. The simple truth is that I have come to realize that a lack of hearing affects every area of life. Now, let me be quick to say that I realize that my hearing problem is minimal and does not even compare to those who suffer from severe to total hearing loss. Nevertheless, it does perfectly illustrate what takes place in the life of many believers.

Hebrews 3:7, 8 state, “That is why the Holy Spirit says, ‘Today when you hear His voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.’” The Israelites were guilty of ignoring God’s voice. God repeatedly spoke to them through the voice of His prophets, yet they turned away as if their ears were blocked and they could not hear. Like the Israelites, if we are not careful we can allow the “wax” of sin and the cares of life to build up in our hearts causing us not to hear the Lord’s voice.

How do we avoid spiritual hearing loss? First of all, we must keep the divine communication channels open. That is accomplished through frequent confession of our sins. David said in Psalm 66:18, “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” Remember that a pure heart is the channel through which God speaks. Secondly, after God performs spiritual surgery, we must continually expose ourselves to His voice. As His sheep, it is important for us to regularly hear His voice (John 10:27). Remember that it is only through the words of the Shepherd that we are able to find the direction that we so desperately need!

So, how’s your hearing?
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