Do you see with your eyes or with you spirit?

eyes, ears, seeing, listening, spirit, trust, seek, riskAs humans, we seem to judge so quickly with our senses yet we ignore what is really going on around us.  It amazes me that it is said we speak more with our body language than with our mouths.  I have had a chance to travel to different parts of the world and if you listen to people that talk in other languages or listen to there inflection, you can be clueless.  But if you look at their eyes, facial expressions, and try to think about what context they are talking about, you can guess with a lot of accuracy on what they are talking about.  I’ve tried this several times and have had people ask me if I can speak their language.

When Jesus was here, He talked about having eyes to see and ears to hear.

Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?  Mark 8:18 (NIV)

Jesus asked the disciples this when they were discussing that they had no bread.  He then reminds them of the 5 loaves of bread that feed 5 thousand and then talked about how they had 12 loaves left over. (Mark 8:14-21)

How does God look at us?  An example in 1 Samuel 16:7:

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

In the above we can see that to truly listen or see you have to sometimes go beyond the basics.  Sometimes listening and seeing requires our past experiences, help from God, prayer, and taking risk rather than our initial glance.

Do you look at people and decide your opinion without even knowing?  Are you forgetful of what God has done in your life?  Are you overcome with so much stuff that you forget to see what God is doing all around you?  Are you looking for signs from God when He is right there?  Are you seeking God to give you His eyes and ears or are you just ignoring everything?  And as Jesus said: “Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?” (Mark 8:17-18)

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