Faith Cometh By Hearing
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
You are driving down the road and while driving you notice something wrong with your car. You can hear a rotating sound getting louder as you speed up and when you slow down, the sound becomes longer. You get out of the car to check things out, but before you can see the flat tire, you have already heard the sound of the tire. Those with children…you are taking a nap (we do that when we get old) and you hear this high pitched sound coming from another room with your name attached to it. You awake to the sound, but before you can see what’s in the next room, you hear that something is going on. Why is hearing so important? Well, as an infant, your vision is not fully developed early. You will be able to see, but not as a person that has lived for years. But you will be able to distinguish between sounds. Babies respond to sound (and touch) before they can fully see. When you teach his body parts (eyes, ears, nose, etc.) the child hears the words and then points to them before they can actually say them. The word “hearing” is synonymous with “understanding”, listening”, “paying attention” and “taking notice”.
So what is more important, hearing or seeing? Proverbs 20:12 says that both are made the same by God. But can you see without eyes or hear without ears? Well, without sight you can use your imagination to see and for the hearing impaired, there is sign language (which is the ears for them). Luke 18:35-38 tells of the story of the blind man on the Jericho road. He started out begging and heard the multitude passing by. When he found out that Jesus was coming by, he went from begging to praying. Did he know what Jesus looked like? No, but maybe from the time he was a child, he had heard of the coming Messiah. Maybe, he heard about him from the passing people or from his family and friends…but however it came to him, he HEARD it. By Him hearing Jesus was coming by, his faith was put into action to cry out to Him.
How can you believe in something you know nothing about? Faith cometh by hearing (understanding, listening, paying attention, taking notice) and hearing (understanding, listening, paying attention, taking notice) by the word of God. You have to be able to understand what is being said, meaning sound teaching. When we hear something that sounds good to us, we want to know more about it. Think about that favorite song; what captivated you to continue to listen? Every time you heard that song, seemed like everything stopped around you just for those couple of minutes. You started to memorize and recite the words, researching the artist, etc. all because of a sound; the same with the gospel. We didn’t fully understand the words but we knew that something good would come out of it. We knew that it sounded like music in our ears. We started to get into it and when we began to read, seemed like everything stopped for the time we were reading. Then we started memorizing certain things and reciting them over a situation. We began to research and see who said what and who went where in order to get a deeper understanding.
Faith cometh…”the substance of things hoped for” cometh…”the evidence of things not seen” cometh by hearing, by understanding, by listening, by paying attention, by taking notice, and hearing, understanding, listening, paying attention, taking notice by the word of God. Job 42:5 says, I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Get in the word, listen to sound doctrine, hear the sweet sound of the gospel.