The human brain is the most complex organ in the entire body, and with over 200 billion nerve cells, most scientists agree that its ability to process and transmit new information can out perform many of the world’s fastest computers.
Within the occipital lobe of the brain, located near the back of the head, is the visual cortex, which is primarily responsible for processing all the visual information and data that enters into the brain. While many would quickly conclude that this data is gathered entirely by the eyes, it is in fact the ears and not the eyes alone that the visual cortex relies upon in order to accurately see the outside world.
Ask any person who suffers from blindness, or a group of campers who have tried to navigate through a forest in the middle of the night, and they will understand why most leading researchers state that the sounds we hear help to create visual imagery for the brain. The sudden screeching of car brakes or whenever the word ‘fire’ is shouted inside a crowded room help to support the notion that what we hear is often a precursor of what we may see.
A great example of this can be found when studying the life of Elijah the prophet.
After what was perhaps the greatest day of his life and ministry, a day where he was able to call down fire and rain from heaven, as well as defeat and kill hundreds of false prophets, in 1 Kings 19:2-3, Elijah suddenly found himself on the run for his life.
Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.
When Elijah heard the message sent from the evil queen Jezebel, whose prophets he just successfully conquered, the translators of this passage of scripture were determined to point out that he didn’t just hear the message.
He saw it.
Like Elijah, many of us have the tendency to allow the words and threats of our enemies, and sometimes even counsel of friends who mean well, to paint a picture of a life void of God’s protection and provision. Despite seeing with our own eyes the faithfulness of God in the past, we can gave in to fear by believing the report of others.
Simply put, we must never allow what we hear from others to override what we have seen from God.
When it comes to those things that may enter into our eyes and ears, 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 clearly shows why our spirit must always have the last word:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.