In POD (14-18s Bible study group) this week, we were digging into Proverbs 4, which is all about who we listen to. Throughout the chapter, Solomon repeatedly tells his sons, “Listen.” Listen to him, their wise father, and get wisdom.
Every day, all around were lots of voices and influences shouting at them constantly. If they listened to them, they’d be off into disaster, either in wicked indulgence or in proud, law-abiding self-righteousness. Instead, they need to listen to their father, Solomon. His words are wise; listening leads to well-being, safety and life.
For us, subliminal messages aren’t the problem The ones that openly shout at us are much more dangerous! Every day we are surrounded by the voices of the media, workplace, school, friends, family, Facebook and loads more, all clamouring to be heard, and all seeking to exert an influence on us.
Who are you listening to? Where do you get your direction in life, your ethical standards, relationship guidance?
Better even than wise Solomon, we can come and listen to our heavenly Father. We can listen to God himself as he speaks to us in the Bible. His words are the words of life. As it says in Proverbs 4:20-22,
20My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.
There is nothing more worthwhile, and no one wiser. No other voice can possibly compare. Listen to him!