Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Are You Listening?


"Whoever listens to what is taught will succeed, and whoever trusts the Lord will be happy." Proverbs 16:20 NCV

When talking to your child, you know if she is listening to you. If her attention wanders and her eyes drift away from yours, you know you have lost her attention. Depending on what you were trying to say, she might miss out on a valuable lesson or a piece of advice. Later, she will be sorry she missed what you were trying to tell her. She does not always immediately appreciate the benefits of your wisdom.

In much the same way, God knows when you are listening to him. If you do not learn from what he tells you, life will be much harder. Proverbs 16 clearly states the positive consequences for listening to God's instruction. God promises joy and good feelings of satisfaction when you hear and understand what he is trying to teach you.

Instruction comes from God's words in the Bible, but also from teachers and parents who understand God's ways and teach others. Instruction from a mature friend or a spouse is important to hear as well. When you have learned from God in any these ways, you are then equipped to teach your own children the lessons you have learned. They, too, will know the joy of trusting in what is right. Ask God to help you hear what he wants you to learn.

Hear what God is saying to you and learn from it. You will experience delightful joy when you trust in him.

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14 comments:

Denise said...

Amen my friend.

He And Me + 3 said...

I can totally relate having three small children. I feel like I am talking to the walls half the time. O, Lord I am sorry if it seems that you are talking to the walls with me.
Great post!

luvmy4sons said...

Amen. So often I try to have patience with my children when I see them not listening remembering how often I fail to listen to God.

Sharon said...

My mom use to say I might as well talk to the wall. I bet Jesus says the same about us at times!!
What a inspiring post, I will have to keep all my ears open today! & everyday.
Be Blessed, Hope you are feeling ok today
Sharon

Missy said...

Great thoughts. Wait, what did you say? Just kidding!

Hope you are feeling well today :)

Esthermay said...

There is great truth in your post!
We are their only example sometimes.... It's a tremendous responsibility and because there is no perfect parent - GOD's way beats the worlds way. We must do it HIS WAY.
...If we were perfect parents, our children wouldn't need GOD!
GREAT POST!

LauraLee Shaw said...

I love that picture, and wow, what a message. Thank you.

Joan said...

Great post and lovely picture. Thanks for sharing.
Blessings

MJ said...

GREAT post! Very insightful.

Laurie Ann said...

Amen! I am listening a lot lately...Beautiful photo and verse, and great post! Happy WFW!

Heather said...

Mom,
Very good post but I have to wonder if in the first paragraph when you kept saying she instead of he/she. If that ment you were referring to me...
Love Your Daughter

BP said...

I need to work on listening.

Kristi said...

I had to laugh, He does know when we are truly listening and when our minds and hearts wander. Beautiful WFW! I love it that our birthdays are so close. Mine is the 17th and my husband's is the 20th. Blessings to you, sweet friend!

Amydeanne said...

ya.. no foolin the big guy! lol great reminder!