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The importance of listening!

Scripture reading for July 4th: Proverbs 1-4

For many years I read the entire book of Proverbs each month as a daily discipline.  For the past 13 years, I have read the chapter of  Proverbs for that day at the bi-weekly men’s accountability breakfast that I am a part of.  Even though I have read or heard Proverbs many times, I am still impressed at how they speak freshly to us about our daily lives.

Hearing and listening can be two different things.  Almost everyone can hear what is being said but listening in order to learn and apply truth is a different process requiring humility and a teachable spirit.  As we begin the book of Proverbs, take a moment to check your hearing and listening abilities.  Put your mind in a learning mode.  Ask the Holy Spirit to show you new insights about successful living and decision making as well as who God is.

Solomon is the author of many of the proverbs.  He was David’s son through his wife Bathsheba.  Solomon was visited by God and given an opportunity to ask for anything he desired.  He asked for wisdom to rule God’s people.  Solomon wanted to pass that wisdom on to his sons.  The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord.  (Proverbs 1:7)  There are those who either don’t want wisdom or are so enthralled with their own way that Solomon gives them names.  Simple, fool, and mocker are the three names of those who refuse to listen and learn!  (Proverbs 1:7, 22)

Listening to wisdom has many blessings.  It brings knowledge and discretion to the young as well as guidance.  (Proverbs 1:4-5)  It brings safety and freedom from fear.  (Proverbs 1:33)  A person who listens to wisdom understands the fear of the Lord and finds knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:5)  You will also avoid the adulterous woman and her path that leads to death. (Proverbs 2:16-19)  Listening and keeping wisdom brings long life and prosperity.  (Proverbs 3:2)

Wisdom is to be prized above any other treasure.  (Proverbs 3:13-15)  We must lay hold of wisdom by taking hold of the words given by the Father.  (Proverbs 4:1-5)   Wisdom is our life and health to our whole body!  (Proverbs 4:22) Wisdom sounds a lot like Jesus Christ, in whom is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge! (Colossians 2:2-3)

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Listen, my son!

Scripture reading for July 4th: Proverbs 1-4

I have personally read Proverbs dozens of times over the last thirty years.  For many years I read the entire book of Proverbs each month as a daily discipline.  For the past 11 years, I have read the chapter of  Proverbs for that day at the bi-weekly men’s accountability breakfast that I am a part of.  Even though I have read or heard Proverbs many times, I am still impressed at how they speak to us about our daily lives.

Hearing and listening can be two different things.  Almost everyone can hear what is being said but listening in order to learn and apply truth is a different process requiring humility and a teachable spirit.   Ask the Holy Spirit to show you new insights about successful living and decision making with a teachable spirit.

Solomon is the author of many of the proverbs.  Solomon was visited by God and given an opportunity to ask for anything he desired.  He asked for wisdom to rule God’s people.  The proverbs are some of the written record of the wisdom God blessed Solomon with. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord.  (Proverbs 1:7)  There are those who either don’t want wisdom or are so enthralled with their own way that Solomon gives them names.  ‘Simple’, ‘fool’, and ‘mocker’ are the three names of those who refuse to listen and learn!  (Proverbs 1:7, 22)

Listening to wisdom brings knowledge and discretion to the young.  (Proverbs 1:4-5)   A person who listens to wisdom understands the fear of the Lord and finds knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:5)  His soul will find joy and  rest in God’s protection.  He will be kept safe from wicked men bent on destruction.  (Proverbs 2:12-15)   The wise will also avoid the adulterous woman and her path that leads to death. (Proverbs 2:16-19)  Applying wisdom brings long life and prosperity.  (Proverbs 3:2)  Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her and they will be richly blessed!  (Proverbs 3:18)

Wisdom is to be prized above any other treasure.  (Proverbs 3:13-15)  We must lay hold of wisdom by taking hold of the words given by the Father.  (Proverbs 4:1-5)  We must prize and esteem wisdom.   Wisdom is our life and health to our whole body!  (Proverbs 4:22)  Wisdom resides in our heart! (Proverbs 4:23)  Wisdom sounds a lot like Jesus Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge! (Colossians 2:2-3)

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“Listen, My Son!”

Scripture reading for July 5th: Proverbs 1-4

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.  Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.  They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.” (Proverbs 1:7-9)

Godly fathers and mothers are a key to raising godly children.  Children are born the first time in rebellion to God and centered on themselves.The life of a father or mother that radiates respect for God and models godly knowledge and wisdom is one of the best teachers for children.  Children quickly pick up the attitudes of their parents.   Wise parents are constantly teaching their children the fear of the Lord and because they love their children, they discipline them to drive the foolishness out of their souls.  Children who receive the godly wisdom and discipline of godly parents have beautiful adornments of grace and beauty that are attractive and helpful to the world they live in.

Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived, other than Jesus Christ.  God had given him great wisdom because he had asked God for it when God had appeared to him and gave him an invitation to ask of Him whatever he desired.  (1st Kings 3:4-9)  Solomon wrote down these proverbs in order to pass on to his sons the skill of living wisely in the practical things of this world.  God had them recorded for His children of all ages who would listen and learn from Him!

By listening with a humble and teachable heart, God’s children can learn what is just and right and fair.  (Proverbs 1:2-5)   The proverbs give prudence and discretion, the ability to know what to do in difficult situations and to make wise choices.   Foolish people refuse to listen and learn and inevitably suffer loss, pain, and sometimes destruction.

This wise father warns his sons about the enticements of “sinners” who willfully break God’s laws because they do not listen and fear Him.  (Proverbs 1:10-19)  These men and women are to be avoided because they set a trap for themselves by their foolishness.   All who follow them will suffer great loss.  Good instruction not only teaches what is right but warns of the consequences of following the wrong path.  God is a great parent and He calls all His children to listen and learn!

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Listen, my son!

Scripture reading for July 4th: Proverbs 1-4

I have personally read Proverbs dozens of times over the last thirty years.  For many years I read the entire book of Proverbs each month as a daily discipline.  For the past 8 years, I have read the chapter of  Proverbs for that day at the bi-weekly men’s accountability breakfast that I am a part of.  Even though I have read or heard Proverbs many times, I am still impressed at how they speak freshly to us about our daily lives.  Wisdom is a bubbling brook!

Hearing and listening can be two different things.  Almost everyone can hear what is being said but listening in order to learn and apply truth is a different process requiring humility and a teachable spirit.  As we begin the book of Proverbs, take a moment to check your hearing and listening abilities.  Put your mind in a learning mode.  Ask the Holy Spirit to show you new insights about successful living and decision making as well as who God is.

Solomon is the author of many of the proverbs.  He was David’s son through his wife Bathsheba.  Solomon was visited by God and given an opportunity to ask for anything he desired.  He asked for wisdom to rule God’s people.  God was pleased and the proverbs are some of the written record of the wisdom God blessed Solomon with.  Solomon wanted to pass that wisdom on to his sons.  These early chapters talk about the benefits of wisdom and how it may be found.  The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord.  (Proverbs 1:7)  There are those who either don’t want wisdom or are so enthralled with their own way that Solomon gives them names.  Simple, fool, and mocker are the three names of those who refuse to listen and learn!  (Proverbs 1:7, 22)  Thankfully, those names are not descriptive of any of us!

Listening to wisdom has many blessings.  It brings knowledge and discretion to the young as well as guidance.  (Proverbs 1:4-5)  It brings safety to those who listen and they have rest and no fear of harm.  (Proverbs 1:33)  A person who listens to wisdom understands the fear of the Lord and finds knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:5)  Your soul will find joy and you will rest in God’s protection.  You will be kept safe from wicked men who are on crooked paths leading to destruction.  (Proverbs 2:12-15)   You will also avoid the adulterous woman and her path that leads to death. (Proverbs 2:16-19)  Listening and keeping wisdom brings long life and prosperity.  (Proverbs 3:2)  Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her and they will be richly blessed!  (Proverbs 3:18)

Wisdom is to be prized above any other treasure.  (Proverbs 3:13-15)  We must lay hold of wisdom by taking hold of the words given by the Father.  (Proverbs 4:1-5)  We must prize it and faithfully esteem wisdom.  We must hold onto instructions of wisdom and guard them.  Wisdom is our life and health to our whole body!  (Proverbs 4:22)  Wisdom is to reside in our heart! (Proverbs 4:23)  Wisdom sounds a lot like Jesus Christ, in whom is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge! (Colossians 2:2-3)

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