Listen Closely

More from “Wisdom”

My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. Prov 4:20-27

There are many words of advice in the verses above. The first in verse four is to pay attention. We can hear something and be listening and not paying much attention. At times we may find ourselves in the “deer in the headlights” mode. These verses are a good way for us to take a little inventory.

Keeping God’s instruction in our heart can also keep us from a massive amount of misery. We can listen to things that are not in step with God’s will and be filled with darkness and enticed into things that are spiritual hindrances.  So we need to pay attention and listen closely.

We know from experience how quickly little children can be in danger if we let them out of our sight. In a matter of seconds they can be into something that can cause great harm to them. I believe in the same way if we don’t keep the Word in our heart in every aspect of our life, if we let it out of our sight we leave ourselves defenseless against the devil’s schemes.

We are to guard our heart from things that influence how we live, to avoid and put away perversity and corrupt talk. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45

Finally, we are to make level paths for our feet. The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.  But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. Prov 4:18-19

 So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deut 5:32-33

As many know by now, I love Proverbs, probably because I need the reminders so much for myself. Look again at the riches of wisdom in Proverbs 1:2-6 for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young — let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance —for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise

If we seek wisdom and apply it in our lives, God promises to protect, direct, and perfect our path.

2 comments for “Listen Closely

  1. November 4, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Note to Greg: Fear is a great motivator and not an altogether bad one! 🙂

    Janice, I love the Proverbs, too. So much to be gleaned there. Bible study comes to mean more and more as I grow older.

  2. November 3, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I, too, need to be reminded of what I know so well … listen careful to the Words of God and keep them in my heart. There was a time in my life that I kept God’s Word in my heart to avoid hell. Especially during college days, there were things I really wanted to do and places I really wanted to go with my friends. But they were things to do and places to go that I had no business doing or going! I refrained, not because of a sense of righteousness … rather for fear Jesus would return while I was in the wrong place doing the wrong things!

    These days (having matured just a bit), I keep the Word of God in my heart because I really do want to honor Him with my life.

    Good reminder, Janice. Thanks.

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