Proverbs 4: Listen!
Listen, children, to a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight...The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever else you get, get insight."
Proverbs 4:1, 7
I love this image! And while the person who took it was definitely trying to communicate something about music, it applies really well to what Solomon is telling us in Proverbs 4.
He urges us to "Listen..." (vs. 1) and to "be attentive..." (vs. 1). There is so much in today's proverb to dig into, but I want to simply sit there today.
When was the last time you did that?
To focus in.
Modern life feels like a jumbled mess for most of us. And perhaps it's because our minds are a jumbled mess of fast-paced messages. Our minds race. Many of us have a hard time calming down before bed. Many of us miss out on precious hours of sleep, and our bad day turns into a bad tomorrow, which turns into a bad week, which - when left unchecked - can turn into a bad life. It's sad to consider, but it's normal reality for a vast amount of people in our world today.
Anxiety, mental health concerns, depression, and much worse are some of the symptoms of a failure to being attentive. To slowing down. To listening.
Modern doctors who are wise are beginning to prescribe things like gardening or taking walks as actual medicine for health concerns. Imagine that! Sadly much of America lags behind places like the UK, where this is becoming more common practice.
Part of why we are taking daily time to read a chapter of Proverbs is so that we can learn to listen. To be attentive. Here are a few questions to propel us forward today...
- Have I stopped to listen to the people in my family I live with today?
- What am I noticing about their needs? What are they subconsciously telling me that I didn't notice before I stopped to listen?
- Be silent. Listen. What is God speaking to me right now? Are there barriers to me listening to God? What do I need to surrender to God so I can hear God better?
Blessings on each of us as we learn to listen today.