Listen and Learn

Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge. – (Proverbs 23:12, NIV) 

Pay close attention to the teaching that corrects you, and open your heart to every word of instruction. – (Proverbs 23:12, TPT) 

Develop a disciplined life. Be attentive so you can be well informed. – (Proverbs 23:12, VOICE) 

The beautiful thing about learning is that it never ends. We are all a work in progress, with much learning and growing to be done. As we choose to be attentive and invest in trustworthy instruction, our minds are challenged and our hearts are transformed. With formal education, there may be a point where we have gone as far as we want or need to go, yet the wisdom and understanding that will propel us forward and transform our hearts and minds, knows no end. When we listen more and speak less, our grasp on the world around us grows stronger, and we are better equipped to love well. This is the space where being invested in Christ and listening to His Spirit within us, is critical. That still small voice within, guides our hearts and minds in how we ought to hear, receive, and act on words of instruction. Learning how to live a disciplined life, empowers us to be attentive to the lessons that our peers, mentors, family, friends and experiences are showing us along the way. Often, our greatest growth comes out of the most difficult of seasons. For many of us, this time of solitude has served to lead us to a greater awareness of the people and world around us. The more we know and understand, the better equipped we are to be agents of change for injustice and inequity, as we learn to love better. May we seek the Lord to guide us, so that we may continue to listen and learn all that He has for us.   

To listen and learn, 

With an open heart; 

Is how to grow wise, 

Treat love as an art. 

For wisdom, it grows, 

As we choose invest; 

Seek understanding, 

And bless as we’re blessed. 

Choose be disciplined, 

Ever seeking truth; 

Throughout our whole lives, 

Not merely in youth. 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us to pay attention, listen and learn. Thank You that You are the ultimate teacher and example for us. Forgive us for the times that we have not listened to Your leading, or have not slowed down to listen and learn. Teach us to be lifelong learners, so that we may grow more and more like You. Show us how to love and listen well. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we listen and trust as You lead. Amen. 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. – Psalm 54:4

Listen and Learn

Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge. – (Proverbs 23:12)

 

We are most apt to gain insight and understanding if we are willing to listen. Allowing others to have a voice, creates opportunity to hear words of wisdom that they are meant to share. Learning and growth happen, as we give ear to the wise words that surround us, if only we choose to slow down enough to truly listen. May we open our hearts and minds to hear His voice of truth, as He provides people to speak wisdom and insight into our lives.

 

Seek understanding,Listen and Learn

give ear to wise words;

He’ll grant us insight,

through that which is heard.

A heart that’s ready,

and willing to learn;

equipped for battle,

from dangers shall turn.

Let voice of the wise,

speak out and be heard;

may our knowledge grow,

as we read Your word.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that as we seek to understand more of You, You are faithful to meet us. Thank You that You provide Your word and wise and faithful people around us, who can speak truth into our lives. Forgive us for not having ears to hear the truth that is being spoken, or for not applying the instruction that You have given unto us. Teach us to trust You enough to apply immediately, all that You would ask; knowing that You would not ask anything that You will not also equip and empower us to do. Thank You that Your grace is greater than our shortcomings, and that Your love opens our ears and hearts anew. Help us to hear Your voice of truth clearly, and apply all that You ask, immediately. May we live and love as You ask of us, and may many come to know Your voice of truth, personally. Be glorified, God, as we listen and learn. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.  – 2 Corinthians 3:5