ACKNOWLEDGE, ACCEPT, APPLY
“Michael, you don’t have to yell. I’m listening to what you are saying,” I said to my eldest son after we had a “slight” disagreement.
“I know you were listening, Dad,” he replied with clenched fists and a determined look in his eyes. “But I want you to hear me not only listen to me.” It was hard to believe, but I was “busted” by a five-year-old child. It is easy to listen but not hear.
Solomon wanted to be certain that his sons were not only listening to his teachings but would “do” something with what they had learned. He wanted them to accept God’s wisdom knowing it would guard them and guide them. He wanted them to plant it deep in their hearts, and then live their lives centered on what he knew would bring success to them in their lives. If he were teaching a class in college, it would be called “The Value of Applying God’s Wisdom.”
It’s one thing to have God’s wisdom in our heads – but quite another thing to drive it deep into our hearts. When we have His wisdom in our hearts, it will guide our lives each day. Solomon realized what a huge difference God’s wisdom would make in the lives of his sons because of the difference it made in his life. In fact he listed the benefits of God’s wisdom: they would travel in safety; they would not trip and fall into the deceits of what the world offered; they would sleep securely; they would have no fear of being overwhelmed with disaster; and, most importantly, their confidence to face the issues of life would come from the Lord! Words worth “hearing!”
Prayer: Father, may we realize how much better life will be if we accept Your wisdom. Give us open, accepting minds and willing hearts. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 4:10 My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life.