People who have been part of New Song Church for a few years may remember a special character named Jimmy Kaschor (Shirley’s dad). Jimmy lived across the street from our Ford City Campus parking lot. Jimmy was advanced in years and had returned to his love of accordion playing. He could play all the old songs, even though he was nearly stone deaf. Jimmy has passed away but we still have many fond memories of him.

My name is Kevin Rogers and I was Jimmy’s pastor. Because his hearing was poor, it was difficult to communicate accurately with him. Instead of calling me Pastor Kevin, I was ‘Pat’ or ‘Patta Ken’.

Sometimes he would repeat things he thought he had heard with confusing results. There are times he would get angry by what he thought he had heard from someone. Other times he was happy because he had heard something incorrectly and believed it to be true.

The ability to hear with your ears is of vital importance. Still, there other ways that we hear with our ears and miss the point.

Big Ed goes to the revival and listens to the preacher. After a while the preacher asks anyone with needs to come forward to be prayed over. Big Ed gets in line. When it's his turn, the preacher says, "Big Ed, what do you want me to pray about?"
Big Ed says, "Preacher, I need you to pray for my hearing."
So the preacher puts one finger in Big Ed's ear and the other hand on top of his head and shouts, hollers, and prays a while.
After a few minutes, he removes his hands and says, "Big Ed, how's your hearing now?"
Big Ed says, "I don't know preacher, it's not until next Wednesday at the County Courthouse." [i]

The preacher heard the words spoken but did not understand what Big Ed really meant.

After Jesus would tell a story or teach ideas about God’s Kingdom, He would often add the phrase, “For him who has ears to hear, let him hear.” He realized that there is an understanding that can only happen if you are willing to listen. Those who have pre-judged will hear what they want to hear.

Throughout history, we read and hear of countless times that people claim that God has spoken to them. The Scriptures indicate that God gives instruction and actually desires that we would be attentive and listen to Him.

How is your spiritual hearing? Have you heard God speak? Jesus spoke about the ability of sheep to recognize a shepherd and respond to his voice.

John 10:
“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

Even in this simple teaching, John notes that the Pharisees did not understand what Jesus was telling them. They did not have the ears to hear.

Before you can get help with your hearing, you need to admit that you have a listening problem. Let’s consider some of the common hearing problems related to hearing God’s voice.