Proverbs 1: 8 Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. They will be garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
Listen means to make an effort to hear something, to wait alertly i order to hear a sound. It is also means to allow oneself to be persuaded by a suggestion or request.
I must admit that I am not a good listener. I always presumed that I know what will be the next word that the talker will going to say. In addition I don't want to hear details, go to the fact and be finished with what your are saying. For me, time is gold. And that is not really a nice part of me. I am being disrepectful although it was not my intention.
I remember when I was young, I thought that I knew best. I don't want to listen to those that were older than me. And the result was not good. If I only knew how to listen. And that trait I can now see in my teen-age daughter. In fact, not only her but most of the youth today, thinks that they know bettter than their parents. They say that it is their lives and they have to make their own mistakes and learn from them. Maybe right, maybe not. But I believe that it will help them along the way if they will just
God is reminding me /us to listen. We are His children too. It is easy to see the young ones who don't want to listen to the older generation. But how about me, how about you? How about trying to listen to God that we can feel what he feels, we can hear his voice so clearly and we can feel his touch? Those moments will be so precious that we will not be anywhere in the world but with him.
When I go for a walk, I don't usually listen to different sounds along the way. Being a thinker, I think all the time. What I am going to do next, thinking of my life, my family and the list is endless. So, even if a dead person is lying on my path, I might not see her /him coz my mind wonders......But if I determined to really stop, look, listen while I walk, then I hear the birds sings, the wind blows and the sounds I made as I walk. Then I see the beauty around me and I can hear God talking to me through his creation. And then my walk will be the best walk ever. And that is why God is telling me to
It is like reading God's precious words. I can read verse after verse or chapters in the bible, it does not help me if I wont listen. I have to really wait for God to reveal something from his words to me. And guess what? I discovered treasures after treasures in God's words when I really listen. That is why God wanted us to listen.....his words will be a garland on our heads and a chain to adorn necks. God's words can make us beautiful. It decorate us. What a wonderful promise! Just think of God who hears prayers from east to west, prayers from the bottom of our hearts at the same time. My oh my, he is really listening!
God said that we have to bind his words upon our hearts forever and fasten them around our neck. Because when we walk, his words will guide us. When we sleep, his words will watch over us, when we are awake his words will speak to us. For his commands are a lamp, his teaching is a light, and the correction of his discipline are the way to life. Proverbs 6:21-2
So friends what are you listening lately? Mind telling me what you hear?