DayBreaks for 2/14/18: Mosquitos and Spiritual Sensitivity
From the DayBreaks archive, February 2008:
Mark 4:9 (KJV) – And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
A man by the name of Doug Newton shared this which I picked up from Preaching Today. I thought it made an excellent illustration of the problem we sometimes have in hearing God:
Have you heard about the cell phone ringtone that junior high and high school kids are using to keep teachers from discovering that they are using their cell phones in school? The pitch of this ringtone, called the “mosquito tone,” is too high for people over 25 to hear. So the kids can still send and receive text messages during class without the teacher knowing, unless their teacher is younger than 25!
The mosquito tone was first developed in Great Britain to irritate teenagers who were loitering around convenience stores and keeping customers away by their loud and obnoxious behavior. Some kid simply figured out how to use that sound as his cell phone’s ringtone and—voilà—kids are downloading it by the millions.
How does the mosquito tone go undetected by adults older than 25? Inside our ears we have tiny microscopic hairs that move with the impulses of incoming sound waves, and those hair movements send electrical signals to our brain. As we age, those hairs get worn down, actually damaged, so our hearing becomes less sensitive. We first lose the ability to detect the sounds of high frequencies. People over 25 can’t hear sounds above 16 kilohertz. (The highest note on a piano is 4 Khz; the mosquito tone is 17 Khz.)
Here’s the point: This situation serves as an analogy to help us understand the common difficulty of detecting communication from God. According to Scripture, the reality of God can be perceived in the wonders of creation, and all people—including nonbelievers—can detect this information. But if they fail to respond, they gradually lose the ability to sense God altogether…they lose “spiritual ear hair” so to speak.
The same principle holds true even for Christians. Just as unbelievers can lose their ability to perceive God in the macro-messages of nature if they don’t respond appropriately to what they detect, believers can lose their sensitivity to God if we don’t respond appropriately to his specific promptings.
John 8:43 (NIV) – Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.
PRAYER: Almighty God, open our ears to hear, our eyes to see, and our hearts to obey! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
COPYRIGHT 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.