Blessed are Those Who See and Hear

by Rev. Daniel Forster

Then turning to the disciples he said privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.’”
Luke 10:23-24 (ESV)

Truly those who wanted to see and hear were blessed. The question is why did so many not see and not hear? There are many reasons and today we are going to look at two of them.

The first we find in Luke 10: 19-20, “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.

We love to focus our attention on the big show going on and can often miss the roots of a situation. In biblical times even those who were sent out to cast out demons and spread the Gospel were caught up in the power they possessed in the name of Jesus. They were so focused on this power that they were missing why they had the power and why Jesus had come. Notice Jesus says do not celebrate that you can cast demons out in my name but rather celebrate that your names are written in Heaven.

We see this happening now in our present society. We often celebrate the fireworks and not what we truly have – a relationship with our Father. We can take for granted that the Holy Spirit is living in us, forgetting that for thousands of years, many had dreamed and prayed to experience what we have in our relationship with our Father in Heaven.

The second issue is that many do not believe what they cannot see. “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:37-39, ESV)

Jesus goes straight to the core of our humanity – how our the love of flesh is greater than our the love of faith. We often love our relationships more than our God. We put stock in what people think and feel more than what our God tells us we should think and feel. We put ourselves or other people first and God second.

When God tells us to take up our cross it means surrendering everything in this life to Him. Only God can be first in every aspect of life. By seeking the cross we do not find death, we find a new life. Blessed are those who see and hear.

Father, we pray today that we may truly see and hear You in our lives. With Your help, let us experience more of You in our lives. Lord, help us not to be distracted by fireworks and people. Forgive us for the things we put before You. I want to be in Your presence all the days of my life. Thank you Jesus. We love you. Let me choose to walk with You today and not on my own. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Question: Is there something in your life that keeps you from seeing and hearing God?
What does it mean to really surrender everything to God?

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5 Responses to Blessed are Those Who See and Hear

  1. Yabez Gezu says:

    Ya ! It is true God is real and true
    I can do all thing through Christ by the Holy spirit !
    Blessed you pastor
    Thank you!!!

  2. Frederick Delgado Francisco says:

    God is the Creator of everything and He does in control of it all. Surrender to Him everything is just the same as returning to Him what He had given to us. The wisest way to Praise our Creator is to Obey His will and follow what had our Lord Jesus Christ has done. We do our part as a human being according to His (God) will and He will do the rest. God is working with all of us; we are all a servants of God whether we like it or not, He is in control of everything therefore human being should not to fear but only to his Creator. Father, you take care of us untiringly; loves and blesses all of us unconditionally. We Love/Praise you Lord Jesus.

  3. Jo Melis says:

    Dear Jesus / l put you in a cupboard…..take you out when l want too…..to pray and talk to you. This is not living IN Him…… in every thing we do, say and think.
    Thank you for reminding us the hard core is always with GOD…..not of this world. We are so wrapped up in worldly things…..yes the fireworks, we have no time and do not remember only when time calls to open the cupboard. Oh Jesus help to centralize my life on You and only You. Amen and God bless us in this.

  4. sobhi malas says:

    Father, we pray today that we may truly see and hear You in our lives. With Your help, let us experience more of You in our lives. Lord, help us not to be distracted by fireworks and people. Forgive us for the things we put before You. I want to be in Your presence all the days of my life. Thank you Jesus. We love you. Let me choose to walk with You today and not on my own. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

  5. Tamrat says:

    yesssssssssssssssssss I agree , it is true.and I can do with the help of holysprit .
    PH 4:13

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