Shut up and Listen

There is an old saying that when your mouth is in gear then the ears do not hear.  We all know someone who never stops talking even when someone else is trying to talk to them.  Usually the volume of the conversation gets pretty loud as both persons are trying to get the other to listen to what they are saying.  This is especially true in an argument.  You only need to watch the nightly news for a few minutes to see how a lot of arguments turn out.  The consequences of not listening to others when they speak can be serious even deadly.

James 1:19-25 (NASB)
19  This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
20  for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
21  Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.
22  But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
23  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;
24  for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.
25  But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

As we are able to see the Lord’s brother James is very strong on this issue.  What does quick to hear mean?  It may seem obvious to many but some people have no understanding of this.  These are the people who have to ALWAYS have the last word no matter the circumstance or situation.  Imagine doing this with your family and how annoyed they will get.  Then let us think about doing this with God.  Is there anyone who thinks that God may be annoyed also?  If we think that He would be then why do most of us when we pray talk continually to God and never give Him an opportunity to talk to us?  If we truly want to follow all instructions in scripture then why do we talk first and listen later?  Sounds crazy but this is most Christian’s prayer life.  How sad that we never give God a chance to talk with us.

What can we do about this major problem we have?  Reread the title several times.  It simply is not rocket science or something that is hard to do.  Remember that God usually does not speak loudly or yell at us so we MUSY shut up and listen for Him to speak to us.

Proverbs 10:8 (NASB)
8  The wise of heart will receive commands, But a babbling fool will be ruined.

Proverbs 18:13 (NASB)
13  He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.

Proverbs 18:13 (NASB)
13  He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.

Proverbs 18:13 (NASB)
13  He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.

            As you can see there are many examples in the book of Proverbs that speak about hearing and listening.  The book of Proverbs is a book of wisdom and if it speaks about listening so much then we can understand that listening and wisdom are great partners.

Always remember it is much better to listen than to open your mouth and prove you are a fool.  We hear that saying a lot but have a difficult time in relating that to prayer.  Let us try in the next few weeks to make listening a crucial part of our prayer lives.  You just may find that it will invigorate and supercharge your life.

In His service

Randy

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