PROVERBS 19:27: “Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: What am I listening to each day? When I read this verse this is the question that comes to my mind and heart. I say it comes to my mind and heart, because we listen on two levels. We listen with our mind, and we listen with our spirit. This is why the Scriptures over and over again exhort us – “Today, if you hear the voice of the spirit, harden not your hearts!”
Their is an old computer programming term – G.I.G.O.. This means – “garbage in…garbage out.” What I allow to fill my mind, is that which will end up in my heart, and will eventually come out though my actions. One easy test that will reveal what I am listening to each day is to note what I am both saying and doing. Jesus said, out of the abundance of a man’s heart the mouth speaks. So what I hear with my ear, is processed in my mind, ends up in my heart, and is finally expressed through my words and actions. So it is very important to take an assessment and ask – “What am I listening to each day?”
We are always listening, because life is a continual input of information and instruction. We listen both visually and audibly. Visual listening is just as important as audible listening. What I take in through my eye, is processed in my mind, and ends up in my heart. So this warning in Proverbs is very important. Jesus also gives us this warning in two different ways.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23 ESV)
“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.” (Mark 4:23-24 ESV)
This truth is vital. My life, my faith, my daily peace – will be the reflection of what I am listening to. If I cease to listen to the instruction of the Lord, I will slowly drift from the words of knowledge. I need to daily hear the Word of God, the instruction of life, the wisdom that is from above. I do not need a someone to provide me a “Do Not Listen” list. I simply need to proactively fill my life with God’s Word and the things of His Kingdom, and listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. God is more interested in my spiritual development than I am. If I am sensitive to the Holy Spirit, if I am hiding the Word of God in my heart daily, He will lead and guide me to keep my vision focused and my hearing directed to that which will produce life. What He directs me to “turn off” or to “turn away” from – I need to obey!
Lord, this morning I desire to have eyes that are healthy, ears that hear, and a heart that desires to follow after You. Give me a sensitive ear to the voice of Your Spirit. Give me grace to be selective in what I take in to my life both visually and audibly. Let Your light shine in my life and keep me on the path of Your Life! In Jesus Name!