Our hearts are looking for rest, solitude, richness found in security.
The kind of deep security that speaks exactly of who we are and whom others can share and be encompassed by as well.
Our hearts have been drenched with ugly lies, the webbing together of negative thoughts and the acceptance of less; acceptance of less than what we have been saved from. Less than the glory we are offered and the truth of our peace. It is the mindset of the half-developed ear that has led us astray all because of a voice that we have become accustomed to. A voice of which needs no repeat, because the stinging sound requires no effort to be received. It is simply spoken, carrying heavy as an echo, bouncing again and again off the walls of our security. And yet we make music with this sound, dancing with the obliterating voice of our enemy. Not knowing that the voice that is first heard also could be the very voice competing for our souls. The voice that is in fact opposing the one we desire to serve.
Isaiah 55:3 “Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live.”
And there it is. Rest upon our ears. The only way to truly hear outside of the loud, clear ringing, cruelty of Satan and the snare that can be so easily identified is if we give ear. We must seek beyond the voice so easily received to discover the retrieval of our hearing. The smaller voice we must strain to give ear to.
And herein lies the truth; the quaint way it is all strategized, all the lies, is not quaint at all. The voice of Satan still speaks in the same sequential sequence as it did years previously. The voice of the one who would want you to believe less of who you are still uses the same tactic, the same roundabout way to deceive. And it all begins with the words, “You Are”.
Jesus was told in John 7:20 these words, “You are demon-possessed.” And the tactic is born, the antithesis to truth; this is the way Satan begins his work.
But Jesus was not hard of hearing as we so easily are. The hearing he had for what others spoke, neither truth nor lie, never took precedence over God’s. And he deliberately seeks to expose the tactics of Satan in order for his very sentences to be our spoken security. For his precious children to no longer go around dancing with our lessened worth, but to understand his love which is the very makeup of who we are.
Luke 22:31 “Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you… that your faith may not fail.”
Jesus says something incredibly amazing in this passage. He professes his love through an analogy, the comparison of the process of sifting wheat. An analogy easily overlooked, but spoken to utterly change the rhythm of our hearts.
The process of sifting wheat in the old days without machines was manual threshing. This meant to spread the wheat onto a floor made from stone, concrete, or tampered earth and beat it with a flail. A flail was also a weapon used during the Middle Ages composed of a steal ball on a wooden handle, an elaborately spiked steel war club. The method the soldiers purposed this weapon for was based on strength and accuracy in hitting a target using momentum to increase the force (information provided via google).
In essence, Jesus is painting a picture of Satan’s desire to place us on the lowest, coldest surface and whip us with words of who we are using a momentum, a force and a strength so powerful and accurate that it allows the blistering words to echo without wasting two breathes to reiterate. A blow to our worth that leaves us not only wounded, but hit so accurately that we will be unable to recover; the exact picture of the Roman soldiers who beat Jesus nearly to death. This is the picture he uses to piece together the fatality of a half-developed ear.
Yet, he specifically says, “I have prayed for you.”
He is professing his depth of love by saying he has set a seal over us by prayer. He has given us an unfailing love, a worth of which no other person has authority over; a worth he will not allow the ownership to another. He is reminding us to whom we belong.
He set his seal of ownership over us – 2 Corinthians 1:22
Man does not speak the words he wants us to seal over our lives. It is Christ alone whose words will bring ease to our hearts in the sweetness of his whisper.
He satisfies us in the morning with his unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days – Psalm 90:14
Give ear to him and let his words be the banner of who you are. You are dearly loved.