“Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it. Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.” Proverbs 8:32-35
Man goes about his business each day and never even considers eternity. The believer who is tuned into the Spirit of God is keenly aware of it. We listen for God to speak, whether through a song, a sermon, a teaching or the scriptures themselves. The world hears nothing due to the cacophony of noise that besieges them each day. They don’t know what direction to turn for sound is coming from all directions. Those who know the Lord have the God given ability to tune out the chaos and focus on that which comes in the stillness.
Wisdom is the ability to discern or judge that which is true and right. Truth is supposedly all around us, but eternal truth flows from the mouth of Almighty God. God’s instruction is meant for anyone who seeks it. The Lord has set a standard that the world has rejected. That is their folly. The world lusts after pleasure and will go to any lengths to find it. Consequences never cross their minds as they wander aimlessly in search of lasting satisfaction. It cannot be found anywhere but in the Lord.
Listening and hearing are two very different things. To listen is to pay attention; to hear is to listen attentively. To be attentive is to be alert and observant. To merely listen is to potentially miss the message. To listen attentively allows one to grasp the significance or importance of what is being spoken. Listening attentively to the Spirit of God as He speaks will enable us to find life, peace, stability and favor from the Lord. We will be blessed if we incline our ear to the Lord consistently. It’s the only way we can truly begin to know God in all His glory. Until Christ returns, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Dictionary: American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.