They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith. John 16:18
When our younger son was a little boy he was quick to respond, he would quickly get what he has been asked and often he would do that for what was for his brother to do. His brother on the other hand was slow and often had to be reminded before he could do it, his memory was poor as well, he would often ask to be reminded of the task he was given. It is common to be listening yet remotely and barely paying attention to what is being said. You may remember one who said it but cannot remember details, you may at times even be wondering why others are laughing and you even ask other what was said yet you were there and heard it but did not process it because you did not pay interest. At that point, what was said did not draw your attention because your attention was in something else.
Could the disciples had other interests, that took their attention away from what Christ was imparting to them for their future? Did these students loose interest in the middle of the lesson or was this a genuine lack of understanding? Strangely, the entire class went blank on that lesson yet none was brave enough to ask! They seem to have heard the phrase “a little while” except what was said before and after. So they asked themselves “What is this..we cannot tell..”
We often hear the word of God, and for some daily; through his servants in public, in church, in private worship and even in the media, but what is it that we hear? Are our hearts tuned to hearing what is being said? Ellen G. White has this to say, “The open heart can be impressed with the love and glory of God, as seen in the works of his hand. The listening ear can hear and understand the communications of God through the things of nature.” YI March 24, 1898 Par. 9. If it is possible to listen to nature it is possible to listen to audible voice. What is required is an open heart. An open heart is an open avenue through which God clarifies, defines, elaborates things that would make a difference to our faith in Him, things that are for our salvation.“Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears.” Ezekiel 3:10 Our ears should be open to the life changing instructions of God but it’s our hearts to receive them.
The prophecy had given a clear council concerning the coming savior that mankind would do well to heed to. Isaiah 55:3 “Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.” Where people listen to God’s instructions, things go well, and people are happy. Where there is no listening rebellious spirit is looming.
– A. Eliamani