Proverbs 20:12, “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord has made both of them.”
All of our powers and faculties are from God and should be used for His glory. This is from Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary. Have you ever considered yourself to have “powers”? Powers are something you read about in science fiction novels, comic books, fantasy novels, etc. etc. Somehow, the thought of everyday people, doing everyday things having “powers” seems out of place to us. We Christians know that the Triune God is all powerful and that his power working through us allows us to do things beyond our comprehension, but that’s not what this verse is talking about. We often take our senses for granted. Seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching are wondrous gifts that take us beyond the commonplace. Then, when you give it some thought, there is thinking, reasoning, caring, loving, grieving, and so many, many more that are also “powers” that He has given us.
This reminder in Proverbs 20, that God created the hearing ear, the seeing eye, and all of the others we have discussed and those we have not mentioned gives us a chance to stop and reflect on all that He has given us that we truly take for granted. Where would we be if we could not think or reason? Where would we be if we could not care or love? Truly, where would we be?
Tomorrow morning when you hear the alarm clock go off and open your eyes to look at the clock, I hope you think of Proverbs 20:12. Then take a moment to reflect on those and all of the other “powers” that He has given to you and be thankful!