Book: Proverbs 20
“Ears to hear and eyes to see – both are gifts from the Lord”
There are many times in the New Testament that we read about Jesus healing people so that they could hear again or see again. I am sure the recipients of the healing from Jesus would call it a gift from God to be able to do what they had not been able to do before. Sometimes we forget that being able to hear and see, even though we have been able to do these things from birth, are a gift from God.
Let’s go back to Moses and the burning bush found in Exodus 3. Moses was looking after his father-in-law’s flock when he saw a bush on fire that never seemed to burn up. Moses was curious and so went over to take a closer look. God spoke to him through the burning bush and told Moses the plan He had to bring His people out of Egypt. I am sure Moses was excited about this news until it came to the part where God told him that he was going to be the spokesperson before Pharaoh. At that point Moses was not thrilled with the plan. He made excuses about his inability to speak eloquently. This is what God said to Moses in Exodus 4, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.” Moses had not taken into account that God had given him the ability to speak and would give him the words to speak.
The gifts that we have been given from God, including our ears to hear, eyes to see, mouth to speak, and minds to think, need to be available to be used by Him. When He gives an assignment He always provides all the resources to us to accomplish the task. Moses was given everything he needed but fear got in the way. Fear, if not dealt with, will keep us from obeying God and we may miss out on the blessing He has for us.
Have you ever said something like, “I am not a speaker. I could never speak in front of a crowd of people”? God has given you a mouth to speak, and eyes to read His Word. If He calls you to speak and you obey, you will be amazed at how He will empower you and speak through you. You will be a conduit for Him just by using the gifts (ears, eyes, mouth,…) He gave you!
As you give gifts this Christmas Season to others, may you use the gifts that He has given you to share His love with others.