1 Chronicles 17:20 - “O Lord, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.”
We have to be very careful about what we allow to impact us; especially things that come in through our ears. The design of the ear is for stereophonic perception of what enters into our ear canals. We hear and are able to locate the magnitude, intensity, and direction of sound. What bombards us impinges upon us; and takes on many forms before we actually get to the point of deciphering what is heard. Our anatomy is designed to take sound waves and transform them into mechanical, chemical and eventually electrical energy.
Unlike our mouths which have lips or our eyes which have lids to close off any unwanted entrance; our ears are passageways open to the external environment. We can try to ignore certain sounds and even focus on other things to try to draw our attention away from things we do not want to hear, but the reality of it is that there is the opportunity for things to enter our ear gate.
Of even more importance is that we must be aware of how what we hear affects us; our well-being and emotional state. There is a direct correlation between what we hear and how we feel. When we hear tragic news we often carry the sadness upon us. When we hear jovial music we might even get into the beat by rocking and moving to the groove. When we hear sounds that are too loud or traumatic we often jump with surprise and our hearts will race. When soothing sounds of ocean waves or birds singing in the morning caresses us, we may take on a serene feeling of splendor.
Be careful what you allow to enter into your ear gate. Be cautious about the music or people you listen to and television shows you watch; even if you only have the boob tube on for company while you do other activities, your ears are still open. Be aware of the music, conversations and even street sounds that you permit to consistently penetrate you through your auditory canal. Constant discussions of terrorism, infidelity, misogyny, adultery and murder can wear on the soul. Reality shows, night-time dramas and even some television evangelists and boot-leg preachers will clamber for your precious ear time to fill it with garbage. Be aware that some preachers were called; some just went. Be mindful of what is really being said to you and over you. And be a watchful ear for what is bombarding your children and your family. If in doubt – ask the Holy Spirit for discernment and believe me when irrational or ungodly things try to come your way; they will irritate you so much you will know without a shadow of doubt that they need to be dispelled. Guard your ear gate and protect your spirit. Every day is a good day; it is up to us to make it a GREAT day. 2015 is the Year of Manifestation! Be blessed! Dr. JoAnn