May 1st 2016 A Listening Heart


Reading Proverbs 1:1-33

Today we begin our month in Proverbs. Much of Proverbs is written by Solomon to his son Rehoboam. It’s a great name for a future king, it means “The people have grown bigger”, I think Solomon has high hopes for his son as he writes these words; he hopes that under the leadership of his son the whole nation of Israel will grow physically stronger, spiritually wiser, and walk much closer to their God. Sadly, Rehoboam doesn’t “listen” (vs 8), either to his fathers words, or the words of Wisdom ‘calling aloud’ to him (vs 20), the Kingdom splits and the seeds of ruin, both for him and the nation are sown. (2 Chronicles 12:14) Rehoboam’s father was different, he knew what it was to listen. At the very beginning of Solomon’s reign, God asked Solomon, “What do you desire?”, Solomon answered, “A hearing (discerning) heart, in order to govern God’s people”. God blessed him with both wisdom to govern and resources to accomplish all that God called him to do. (1 Kings 3:1-15).

When Jesus taught his disciples “listening” was a major theme, “Let those with ears hear” (Mat 11:15, Mk 4:9 and Rev 2:29 are good examples). It’s easy to drown out His words. The world is noisy, and if we’re honest our worlds are noisy too, we barely stop, often doing everything with the radio or TV on. Multitasking! Today how can we create some moments to listen?

Jesus said …

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30 ESV)

For memorisation:

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Prayer

Lord just like Solomon I ask that you may give me a hearing heart, you might give me a discerning heart. I look to you today, knowing that no-one whose hope is in you, has ever been put to shame.

Comments:

  • Jeff & Jackie says:

    It’s good to be reminded to take time out and sit and listen to what God wants to say…….

  • The Dudemaster says:

    My recommendation is to read the verses slowly and prayerfully. Read them twice since you always see something new. God will speak to you through these words. Make them your daily devotional

  • Andy says:

    I have started well and memorized the first verse!
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
    31 days later I should know 31 more scripture’s, only problem is my memory is not what it used to be.

  • Dan and Laura says:

    This has challenged us to listen to God today, and through our “busy” life at the moment. Verse 33 really made us think about the choices we make!

  • Douglas Prentice says:

    Noise and interruptions are prime obstacles to meditation and listening to God. We may be good at multi-tasking, but I recommend we try to focus only on God and His Word in times of prayer and seeking Him. Distractions, are part of life, but a specific focus and desire to meditate needs discipline



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