“Make your ear attentive to wisdom. Incline your heart to understanding”—Proverbs 2:2 (NASB).
A recent devotional in “The Upper Room” about listening with the heart led me to meditate on the writer’s words. The writer’s husband had retired early because of Parkinson’s disease. Because his voice had become soft and monotone, his wife often had trouble understanding his speech. However, she said, “Our adult son always understands what his dad is saying.”
One day she asked her husband the difference between their son’s approach and hers. Her husband replied, “Our son listens with his heart.”
The writer realized her preoccupation with household duties meant she wasn’t listening intently enough to hear and understand her husband. She said, “His words fell on rocky ground. Our son listened intently with a joyful heart and was able to understand his father.”
Listening for God’s Message
The writer began to wonder if she approached scripture in the same way as she did her husband. She wrote. “Sometimes, when I read the Bible, I become so preoccupied with my to-do list I don’t listen for God’s message.”
I know that happens to me. Instead of focusing, my mind wanders to the day’s agenda. But listening helps us reflect God’s love and bear fruit. Growing spiritually requires us to stay focused on His Word. We need a receptive heart to hear His message.
In Matthew 13, Jesus uses the parable of the sower to describe how people accept God’s Word in different ways. Jesus explains that the seed is the Word of God—the message of God’s forgiveness, salvation, and great love for us. The various kinds of soil in the story represent the hearts of those who hear the Word of God.
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SOURCE: Assist News