Daily D – Proverbs 20:12
Ears to hear and eyes to see—both are gifts from the LORD. PROVERBS 20:12 (NLT)
Millie is lying in front of the back door. She peers through the window on guard for action. Squirrels are out and about. She must prevent them from using our back fence as a pathway between trees.
Her ears are perked just so. Her eyes slowly sweep right and left. She listens for telltale sounds. She observes each movement.
When we take our Saturday Morning Stroll in a few minutes, she will listen at all times for bicycles coming behind us. Since she hears better than we do, she will move off the path to our right when one approaches us from behind. She is also quick to spot bunnies which require exercise just like her.
Ears to hear and eyes to see — what amazing gifts! A video making the rounds recently showed children who gained the ability to hear for the first time. Hearing voices and music shocked and delighted them. I double-dog dare you to watch without crying.
The vast majority of what we know is apprehended through these senses. How will you use these gifts today? What will you listen to that brings delight? What will you observe that makes you smile?
Years ago, I wrestled with what Romans 12:1 means when Paul writes, “I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable.” He also writes in his other letters about submitting the parts of our bodies to Christ. Again, what precisely does this mean?
This led me to begin praying about my hands and feet, eyes and ears, nose and mouth, and so on. I asked God to empower me to see what he wanted me to see and to turn away from what I should not grant attention. I wanted to listen at a deep level so that I truly heard what others were saying and what he is saying to me. You get the picture.
Two things today: First, give God thanks for these wonderful gifts. Second, submit your hearing and vision to God. Give care to what you listen to and to what you hear. Feel free to turn away from those things which drag you down or set you back.
Protect your eyes from those things which are unhealthy or unwholesome enticements. Protect yourself from images that harm you or unnecessarily distract you.
Saturdays are good days to use your hearing and vision for maximum appreciation. How will you use yours?
I will listen and look with gratitude.
Our Father, you have given me ears to hear and eyes to see. Empower me to listen deeply. Empower me to see clearly. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.