On numerous occasions, Jesus would say something and added a phrase, “Whoever has ears, let them hear.” Jesus knew that some people could hear and understand while others may have listened but did not comprehend.
When I started following Jesus, I asked many questions because I didn’t grasp what was said. The man who led me to the Lord had a lot of patience because I was inquisitive, and some of my inquiries were redundant. Nevertheless, he did his best to help me learn and gave me tools that I could use on my own. He helped me acquire a Study Bible with good maps, a concordance, and a dictionary.
When I discovered the Navigator’s Topical Memory System, I hid Scripture in my heart. The more I learned, the more I was able to have answers to questions that arose. God sent people into my life who taught and encouraged me to examine different philosophies and compare what I learned with the Bible.
Today, after following Jesus for almost sixty years, I know His voice much more precisely than I did when I was a new believer. Over time, I have trained my senses to discern between good and evil. My understanding of God’s ways has become more easily perceived because of life experiences. I have made many mistakes of my own and learned from the mishaps of others.
One thing is sure. The more I surrender to God, the simpler life comes to be.