Hearing and speaking are very connected. Parents understand this: a child repeats what they hear – sometimes to their parents’ embarrassment.
But for those who have what is called profound deafness – deaf from birth, never heard a sound of any kind ever in their lives – their speech is dramatically affected. They can make sounds, but it’s very difficult to turn those sounds into words or intelligible speech. Perhaps you’ve heard what that sounds like when a deaf person talks. It almost sounds like the words are coming from under water. Hearing and speaking are very connected.
Mark 7:31-37 records a time when a man with profound deafness was brought to Jesus, his friends begging for Jesus to heal him. Jesus took the man aside privately, put his fingers in his ears, touched his tongue, and looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” Instantly, the man could hear and spoke clearly and plainly.
This was an instance of physical healing; but lets consider the spiritual parallel. When our ears are closed – when we are deaf to the truths of the Bible and the voice of the Holy Spirit – we also tend to speak with a spiritual speech impediment. After all, we can only speak the words we have heard; and if I am not hearing the words of God, I am incapable of speaking like He speaks.
Like the deaf-mute in Mark 7, there is little benefit in trying harder to speak correctly. The answer lies in recognizing the essence of the problem and asking the Lord to declare, “Be opened,” to the ears of our heart.
One last thought, please. When we cannot hear Him, we’ll likely miss out on special opportunities. Do you realize, you are the answer to someone’s prayer?
Blessings on your week!