It’s Wisdom Wednesday!
In this episode, we’re talking about hearing what God has to say to us. I’m sharing how we can hear and pay close attention to what God wants us to know, do, where he wants us to go, etc. Keeping an ear out for that small, still voice is beneficial to us, and can save us some time and hardships along the way.
The scripture for this lesson is taken from Proverbs 7:24, which reads:
“Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.”
If you continue to read further into the chapter, you may glean that the scripture serves as a warning. It tells us to pay attention so we won’t be subject to the dangers and deception that wait to knock us off of the straight and narrow path. For the sake of keeping the lesson short, though, we don’t dig this deep.
Instead, I chose to focus on the importance of hearing God and taking his word to heart. Doing this ensures that we’re safe and on track. No one wants to feel like they’ve missed the mark at every turn. The bible tells us, in another passage of scripture, not to lean on our own understanding. God, who is all-knowing, knows that when we lean on our own understanding, we tend to lead ourselves astray based on our feelings in each moment. God’s way, however, never changes.
The Vocab Lesson
Although I didn’t include a vocab lesson in this episode, I encourage you to always study more in depth in order to solidify your understanding of the scriptures. Just as sermons should spark private study sessions, I want these lessons to do the same. Ask questions, look up words, and go down the rabbit hole of information. Let’s get into the meaning of the word “hear”.
The word hear is defined as…
- perceive with the ear the sound made by (someone or something)
- be told or informed of
- be aware of; know the existence of
Now, doesn’t the definition of the word hear fall in line with my previous mention of the following scriptures offering us a warning? The information is present and available to us, but it’s completely up to us to us to seek out the information, and to apply it. I mentioned in a previous article that knowledge is NOT power. Rather, applied knowledge is power. If you have the information but choose to do nothing with it, it doesn’t do you any good. Right? Be smart about your spiritual life and apply the knowledge that you gain from studying the scriptures. I mean, the entire point of studying is to learn something.
For the sake of driving my point home, I want to also focus on the word listen. The title of this episode is Listen Up. That is not by coincidence. Listening is different from hearing. The two words, however, are related. I’ll show you what I mean. Let’s look at the definition of the word listen.
- give one’s attention to a sound
- take notice of and act on what someone says; respond to advice or a request
- make an effort to hear something; be alert and ready to hear something
- used to urge someone to pay attention to what one is going to say
I can almost hear you having an “aha moment” right now. The reason the title of this episode is Listen Up is because I am urging you to pay attention to God’s promptings within his word. This way, you’ll become more sensitive to his promptings within your heart.
Studying his word helps you to learn his voice. So, when he speaks to you, you’ll know it without a doubt, and will be able to clearly understand when you should move versus when you should be still.
Go ahead and enjoy this episode. I hope it sparks more study time for you, and helps you to understand more deeply what God’s will is for your life.
Author of The Mask and Creator of The Write Mind Studio
Andriea is also an educator, and singer/songwriter who is very passionate about teaching self-improvement techniques to help people to become the best versions of themselves and to live the lives they actively create.