“Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened” (Psalm 40:6). The greatest thing that God desires from each believer is not necessarily something external that we can give or do for Him. The Lord wants to open our ears so that we can concentrate on His thoughts (2). If He has our ears, He will be sure to have our hearts. This is why throughout the Bible, He declares, “Be careful what you hear… be careful how you hear… and be more ready to hear” (Mark 4:24; Luke 8:18; Ecclesiastes 5:1).
Why is it so important to have a hearing ear? Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (3). Hearing is the area that the devil usually attacks first. He will do anything to keep God’s children from hearing the Word of God. You should expect unusual things to happen to get you to stay away from your local assembly, your morning devotional, and quiet times with the Lord. Satan is the author of confusion (4).
Finally, realize that the most important things you can do for God this day is to give Him your ears: “But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear” (Matthew 13:16). “The ear of the wise seeketh knowledge” (Proverbs 18:15b).