Hearing With Eyes and Seeing With Ears
We have ears and eyes that can both see and hear, just like God. The Lord created us in His image. He can see and hear with His ears and He can hear and see with His eyes. How can that be?
Think how we do. Have you ever heard of “body language?” You can hear what a person is saying even when they are not saying anything. Have you ever heard someone say, “Do you see what I mean?”
When Jesus was teaching on prayer in Matthew 6:5-18, He said that when we pray, God sees us. “But when you pray…pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” He did not say that He hears you; He sees you. Imagine that. What do you think God is looking for when you pray? What does He hear when He sees you?
Next time you read your Bible, go to Genesis 4:1-7, the story of Cain and Abel and how God “…had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard.” The word translated regard is the Hebrew word, sa-ah, and means “to see.” God saw Abel’s sacrifice but He would not look on Cain’s. When God spoke to Cain about this in verse six, He told Cain that his countenance had fallen. Cain’s face was saying something to God and God’s face was not towards his sacrifice.
Hebrews 11:4 tells us that Abel’s sacrifice was given with faith and that he was commended by God as righteous; Cain’s was not. The word “commended” is the Greek word martyreo, and means to bear witness about something you have seen and experienced personally. God bore witness that Abel was righteous because He saw something in Abel’s life and sacrifice; He saw faith. This is what God is looking for when we offer up to Him a prayer, or praise, or offering.
Can you see it? Do you hear it?
“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”Romans 10:17.