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Proverbs 8:33, 34 “Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the one who listens to me,” (ESV)

Why do we not listen to God? To our fellow man? We have found ourselves in a constant need to move faster in our consumption of food, or increase our speed well past the posted limit. Several studies show consuming food at a faster rate is bad for our body, yet we do not listen. The posted speed limit is 65 miles per hour, yet we do not obey and proceed into the 70 and 80 miles per hour mark.

The word “hear” in the text is the Hebrew word מַע (šāma) and means to hear, to obey, to listen, to be heard of, to be regarded, to cause to hear, or to proclaim. Wisdom is speaking in this chapter and is concluding the appeals of previous verses (1-31) and sharing the overall purpose.

The overall purpose of Wisdom’s call is to extol the benefits of wisdom for faithful living. An individual reading the Bible often misses this point. If one will read chapter 8, one finds Wisdom calling to all and pleading for someone to hear and receive the benefits from wisdom. The Christian misses a great deal of blessings from God because we are not listening to His Word; we are not heeding the call of Wisdom.

What blessings are possibly missed? One can quickly glance around their living room and surmise a great deal of material blessing (or so called). One can cogitate over their job, the income it provides, and the feeling of accomplishment the said job brings. We again are missing the point of Wisdom’s cry! The blessings have nothing to do with monetary gain, but a gain of wisdom, blessings from God, and favor in the sight of God.

The objective: become better listeners. Have you ever noticed how hard it is to carry on a conversation with a great many people? The person may answer your question before you finished asking the question. I have seen individuals that will just begin talking before you are finished. It has become somewhat of a standard in duplex communication for humans. Instead of listening, the individual will care less about the person speaking and more about what they are saying. Christians do the same with God. God gives clear instructions for life, yet the average Christian is barely listening and is more focused on the TV or some other distraction. Christians have become more interested in what their desires are and less interested in God’s desires. So what can the Christian do to listen to God better? Slow down!

In the New Testament, James deals with many issues head on. In James 1:19, he gives some advice for slowing down. James states, “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger” (NET Bible). Notice that James does not state three items to be quick with; he states only one – hearing. When you begin to read your Bible, focus on slowing down and be quick to listen to what God is saying. When you are at work, feeling the pressures, slow down and listen to what God is saying. The next time you are on the road, listen to God and slow the vehicle down to under the posted speed limit. In slowing other areas of your life and being quick to listen to God and His instructions. You will find this life is easier with God and His instruction than moving at a faster pace in your own direction.

Blessings,
Jeff

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Posted March 8, 2010 by avv604 in Bible

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