In Hebrews 5:11, the writer makes an interesting statement.

“…we have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand.”

Another version says….

“… we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.”

Don’t we all love to be sincerely listened to?  Don’t we feel loved when someone really seeks to understand us?  Doing the good work of trying to understand someone else does take effort sometimes.  But when our heart truly loves the person, then it becomes a passionate pursuit driven by affection.  Understanding someone we love means greater opportunity to know them more fully and love them more deeply.

As I discover new and fascinating things about my husband, even after 19 years, each new understanding draws my heart into a greater intimacy and fascination of who he is.  I believe this is why the Lord draws us and leads us into this infamous seek and find journey.  The more we become intent on seeing Him, perceiving Him and knowing Him, the more our heart becomes captured by who He is.  The more we see of Him, the more we fall in love.

And that’s the whole point.

Our seeking to understand is not for the purpose of gaining more knowledge.  It’s not to make us wise in the things of the Spirit.  It’s not for prophetic accuracy, or to make sure we don’t make mistakes in life.

It’s to engage our heart in the beautiful discovery of Jesus Christ.

As our hearts become more captivated, our hearing becomes more intrigued.   The more we learn of Him, the more our heart is drawn to know Him.  We listen intently when our hearts are fixated.

Let your heart be apprehended today!  Just gaze upon Him!  Meditate on His Kindness, His Mercy, His unfathomable humility.  Allow your vision to be gripped by who He is.  And your heart will instinctively lean in to hear Him.