The Listening Ear

MANY a fervent prayer has apparently gone unanswered, not because God does not hear, but because thought has not been receptive to God's answer. The listening ear has the assurance of answered prayer. The "still voice" of Truth is always speaking, but it remains unheard when men are unwilling to hear. From time to time, throughout the round of mortal existence, there appears upon the arena of human activities someone who is able to catch sweet strains from the realm of immutable harmony, and give to his fellow-men a message of hope and encouragement, even when the evidence of the physical senses indicates hopelessness. This furnishes a useful lesson for those who are still waiting for the answer to some unsolved problem.

There is the Biblical account of Isaiah comforting the people with these words, when circumstances pointed to despair: "The Lord God hath opened mine ear. . . . For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; . . . joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody." Isaiah discerned the governing cause which preserves man and the universe from harm—even God, the divine Principle of all that is harmonious and eternal. This conviction, caught through the open ear of understanding, assured the prophet that physical sense with its noisy pretense of power could not disturb or destroy the harmony of being. Those about him evidently listened to and accepted the clamorings of mortal sense, while his consecration prepared him to receive intuitions of something higher and more steadfast.

The Truth that Frees
March 24, 1928

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