“What’s My Excuse, Now?” (Matthew 11:15)

“Go in and sit on the chair to the left.”


It was fifty years ago when I sat in a similar room, lined by this familiar sound-proof insulation. I placed the bulky headphones over my ears and was handed a device with a button that I was instructed to push when I heard a tone. I was sitting for my audiology examination. When I was a child, I had a series of ear infections, requiring a myringotomy in my left ear. Since then, my hearing was always less than perfect but recently, I noted that I was frequently asking others to repeat what they were saying or leaning in closer to participate in conversations. My family questioned whether my hearing was going bad when I didn’t reply or understand what they were saying to me. I replied with the well-worn excuse, “I can’t hear. I need to get it checked.”


After twenty minutes, the audiologist produced two pages of data and explained the findings. “Your hearing is fine. You have a little drop off on the high-frequency range, but that is to be expected at your age.”


I was surprised by the diagnosis. “So why does it seem like I am not hearing as well?”


The audiologist wryly smiled and said, “It is not your ears that is the problem.”


What’s my excuse, now?


He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Matthew 11:15 (ESV)


Is it any wonder that our Lord Jesus Christ repeats this admonition six times in the Gospels? The problem is not with my ears. The problem is the organ between my ears. I selectively listen to things that I deem important instead of patiently and politely listening to what everyone has to say. Why?


I have no excuses. I am a sinner and I need a Savior. By confessing and repenting of my sins to Jesus Christ, He transforms and conforms me into His image, through the work of the Holy Spirit. Like my selective hearing, Jesus will change my stubborn and selfish nature and allow me to hear what He wants me to hear instead of resisting His voice and guidance.




Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.


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