Sunday Feb,16 2014
Sermon by Gideon Gwaza
The Hearing Ear
7Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted. 9So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”
The book of Proverbs is where Solomon talks about wisdom and all it’s benefits. In THE PASSION TRANSLATION, the conclusion on the book of Proverbs is that the treasures buried in there will help us to Reign in life.
1Kings 3 gives us the account of how Solomon was blessed with wisdom, what he did right and why God chose to bless him with such an amazing gift.
In the Hebrew translation, what Solomon actually asked for was “a hearing ear” which is what God called wisdom, and the one key element that worked for Solomon was the posture of his heart (humility)
The hearing ear (Wisdom) is absolutely essential for faith to grow in our lives, because without it, we can’t please God and hearing by the word of God is where faith comes from.
In 1Kings 17:9-16 we see the story of Elijah and the widow, God tells Elijah to go there because he had commanded the widow to look after him, Elijah gets there and she doesn’t know that she was meant to take care of him and so the little dialogue for the piece of cake for the man of God transpired between them until he tells her to not fear and delivers the promise to her and she “hears” it then and does as Elijah told her.
Humility, being poor in spirit is what positions us to hear from God and grow in faith. And God because of his love for us, his desire and responsibility to make sure we hear him, so we can walk in the path he sets before us, does two things
1. Brings us to a place where we can hear( the wilderness) or
2. Sends us the man of understanding to draw out the purposes of our hearts, that we are not hearing (Proverbs 20:5)
In conclusion i end with this quote by Bill Johnson
“Poor in spirit is not a place of self judgement and criticism, those are the counterfeits of poor in spirit, because in that place you don’t have the courage to take risks, but the poor in spirit will take risks because their entire lives is dependent on God showing up.”