Incline Your Ear (a series from Proverbs 4:20-27)
“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings”
With intensive instruction about the value of wisdom and adherence to God’s word in the first three chapters, Solomon evidently begins this chapter with a side note, teaching some of the principles he learned from his father David.
In verse 20, he returns to his own admonition, emphasizing it is not enough to avoid sin: one must also seek to perform positive spiritual acts. His point here is about listening. Those who want to please God should listen to the words of Solomon—incline their ear to his sayings—and, of course, his words came from God through inspiration.
True listening is an art. To listen means to allow the words to travel through our auditory system with the absolute intent of putting into practice the instruction given. Such listening demands that we put aside our preconceived notions about what God would probably like and just hear Him speak to us through His word.
"Thought for the Week - 07/27/2014" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.