“Do you have an ear of corn?” I have to tell you that I love to eat corn. God has blessed me to be able to eat several ears of corn over this past summer. I love to add some salt and butter to my corn. This is one of the joys of the harvest of a garden is being able to eat of the increase of it.
Now, while I love corn in all its varieties, when I ask the question, “Do you have an ear of corn,” I mean this question in another sense. “In what sense,” you may ask. Let’s first of all look at it from the standpoint of an ear of corn. When I think about an ear of corn, I think about how good it tastes, but my friends, an ear of corn may taste good, but it is different from a human ear. While an ear of corn tastes good, it certainly can make no sounds at all. It cannot even hear. True, it is called an “ear,” but it cannot take in sounds as our human ears can, and yet so many today have human ears that are like “ears of corn” for they really do not hear.
Jeremiah was told by God to tell the rebellious house of Judah in Jeremiah 5:21-23, “Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not: Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it? But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.” These people would not fear God. Jeremiah had spoken warnings unto them of their impending doom if they did not repent of their sins, and while their ears heard these words, their ears were more like ears of corn than ears of understanding people. They did not hear. Certainly, God’s Word was preached, but they refused to hear it in the sense of listening with the intent to obey.
My friend, I ask you, do you have an ear of corn? I hope that we all have ears of understanding. Do not be as the people to whom Jesus spoke in Matthew 13:15, who had ears that were dull of hearing due to their evil hearts. Open your heart to God’s Word. Always be ready to obey the Word, so that you will have the happiest life here and in eternity. Always be ready to allow God to transform your life into the way He wants it to be, and in so doing, the only ears of corn you will have will be the kind you eat!
-Jason Gann, TBC Registrar