There is a big difference between hearing with your ear and perceiving with your heart. When Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear,” He wasn’t just talking about physical ears. God doesn’t just desire for us to hear with our ear and understand with our mind. He desires that His truth would enter our hearts and transform our lives.
One of the biggest things that will motivate us to turn aside from the busy things of life in order to hear God’s voice is the realization that God wants to speak to us! In order to hear from Him, we will have to turn aside from other things — entertainment, music, activities, busyness, etc. But let us be encouraged to know that as we spend time in His Word, as we make seeking Him a priority, He will give us listening hearts — He will give us “ears to hear” His voice.