The fine art of listening. Everyone is capable of doing it. But do we?
Proverbs 18:2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
I’ve had many of these times of listening without understanding because I was more concerned about how I was going to respond. Or not listening at all because I felt like my opinion of the situation was way more important that that of the other person.
Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
Proverbs 2:2 Making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;
Or I may listen but am I going to take it to heart? Is what was said to me opening my eyes to truth and am I willing to take that truth and change? I’ve been here too! In denial of what was being said so I didn’t want to hear it. I was polite enough to listen but it didn’t find it’s way to my heart.
Proverbs 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble
I recognized this one so much so that it became part of my testimony saying, “I’ve learned the more I keep my mouth closed, the louder I can hear HIS voice”. That is a hard one! I sometimes find myself not able to listen because my mouth won’t stop moving long enough to.
Ecclesiastes 3:7 A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
Even in Ecclesiastes, it says there is a time that I simply need to be silent. I did this many years ago when I realized that the world around me was crumbling and my need to be in control (not listening) was out of control. This was in 2005 when I said NO MORE GOD, I need YOU to take this. It was time to be silent and let others speak and me simply listen to Him. My willingness to let go allowed God to work because my voice wasn’t over powering Him. Messing with the minds and hearts of those around me to the point that they could not hear what HE was saying to them.
Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
I have had many years of not listening to Him. Being in control or the illusion of control. On the outside I looked the part but on the inside the illusion was eating away at my soul.
Some, I believe, would say that I’m a good listener. But I haven’t mastered it yet. I’ve learned over the last several years that listening is a gift, maybe a spiritual gift, but mainly an emotional gift from God. Because when I began doing more listening and less speaking, my world turned into a more beautiful, peaceful and grace giving place.
Try it, listen more………. speak less.
Lord thank you for being patient with me. Amen!