Scripture: Proverbs 19 (focus on 27)
Observation: If we refuse to listen to the Lord, then we refuse the knowledge he offers us.
Application: Who knows a selective listener, someone who hears only the things they want to hear and then ignore the rest? Kids are notorious for being selective listeners. You tell them they can have dessert if they finish their broccoli, and all they hear is they get dessert. You tell them they can have a friend over if they clean their room, and all they hear is that they get to have a friend over. You get the idea.
But even after we’re all grown up (and we’re the ones telling our kids they can have dessert if they eat their vegetables), we can be selective listeners… especially when it comes to our relationship with God.
We want to hear about the blessings, the favor, the promises he has for us. But, we don’t always want to hear about the obedience, the discipline, the perseverance in hard seasons that it requires of us.
“If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will turn your back on knowledge.” (v. 27)
When we stop listening to God, we stop receiving everything he has for us.
Every instruction, no matter how difficult to follow, is for our good.
“To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.” (v. 8)
How often do we ask the Lord for guidance but then refuse to listen when his answer isn’t what we want to hear?
Today, let’s listen – fully, attentively – to the God who loves us and created us and always wants the very best for us. His instructions are for our good.
Prayer: God, I pray for the willingness to hear everything you’re speaking to me… and then the courage to obey your instruction. Amen.