Ps 106 – “They (Israel) found fault with the life they had and turned a deaf ear to GOD’s voice.”
I understand deafness. I’ve been completely deaf in my right ear all my life. While it makes sleeping a little easier — bury your good ear in the pillow and you have glorious silence — it has various complications. Deafness means that at times you miss what someone is saying. I’ve learned to watch lips very carefully. A single deaf ear also makes it rather hard to work out where sounds are coming from; a little tricky in a classroom, a meeting, or when police sirens are approaching.
I don’t know what caused my deafness.
When Israel, freshly delivered from Egypt, started to complain about the conditions of their “freedom” they also stopped listening to GOD’s voice. Perhaps there was a correlation. One leads to the other. A complaining spirit may yield spiritual deafness.
Discontent has a way of blinding our eyes and plugging our ears. We don’t see what we already have, and we drown out the voice of God with our own gripes. Jerry Bridges once described discontent as “the most Satanic of all sins because it is the sin with which Satan first tempted Eve.”
On the other hand, the Apostle Paul said he had “learned the secret of contentment” (Philippians 4:11-12) and he reminded Timothy that “godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).
It’s easy during Lent — especially at this stage of Lent — to start to grumble a little. Fasting is not always convenient or comfortable. So, Christ calls us back to contentment. And as we express faith rather than find fault, perhaps we’ll hear Him more clearly than ever.
Breath Prayer for Today: “I want to hear you, Lord.”