“The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.” – Proverbs 18:15
She who shows outstanding judgment and understanding, gains knowledge; she who has wisdom and insight, listens carefully and pursues what God provides.
What is wisdom without learning to listen?
Insight is rarely gained when my mouth is moving. When I stop and take time to be still, what is spoken provides answer to that which is being asked.
Our call, our charge to live right before the Lord, is to love God and love people. How can we love those whom we do not know? The same principle applies for both. The better we know someone, the more deeply we are able to love.
If I don’t spend time with God, and take time to truly listen to the Lord, I will not really know or understand His heart for me, nor His unflappable faithfulness.
The same is true with people. If I do not slow down and learn to listen, I miss out on insight that they attempt to offer. I never cease to be amazed at the insight that is provided, even in a short span of time, when I am intentional to listen.
With my students, it unlocks understanding to the behaviors that may manifest, and calls forth compassion and care that Christ lovingly provides as I depend on Him. The same holds true with my own children. When I meet them at the bus after school and they begin to bicker the moment we move toward home, I need to be intentional to ask and then listen to my loving lads; for the fighting is almost always brought forth from an injury that is hiding in their heart. If I don’t ask and then listen, the hurt remains hidden in their tender hearts.
God gives grace and wisdom and insight when we are intentional to come before Him to listen, rather than to read off our laundry list of needs. He hears those too, and is truly merciful and full of grace, yet He longs for more. He loves to lavish us with the words of His heart and to deepen our understanding of who He is and just how much He loves us, His created.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are faithful to whisper Your wisdom and insight if we take time to inquire of You. Teach us to be intentional to be still before You, so that we may hear Your heart to truly know You, and gain the gift of understanding so that we might better know and love You and all of Your created. May we be quick to listen and slow to speak, so that we do not miss opportunities to be a blessing in Your Name. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present