The Command to Listen to God
by Mrs. Liberty Baker
Proverbs 1:33 "But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil."
The command here is to listen to God. Hearken from Webster's dictionary means 1. To listen; to lend the ear; to attend to what is uttered, with eagerness or curiosity. 2. To attend; to regard; to give heed to what is uttered; to observe or obey.
Hearken in the Strong's Hebrew dictionary means to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.)
We are to listen and understand. Read your Bible until you understand it. Have you read your daily Bible reading? Great! You're "up to date". What was it about? Reading until we understand what God is teaching us sometimes takes only a few minutes, or a day spent meditating on the passage. Sometimes we must sit down and search the scriptures and study them to understand. We must always let the Holy Spirit guide us. He is the teacher of all truth.
Listen to the Bible being taught. You will listen to God by hearing and reading God's Word. Hear your Preacher. Take notes on his sermons. I heard a Pastor's wife tell fellow pastor wives that she always has a notebook that she takes notes in during her husband's messages. What a wonderful compliment to her husband's preaching. Some Pastor's do not appreciate people notes when he's preaching, but it would do us much benefit to go home and write down what you learned from the message. Mark the passage of scripture and review it later. The Bible says in James 1:22 "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."
Another way we must listen to God is by listening for His answer in prayer. Do we wait for him to answer us? Many times, in a hurry to get to the cares of life, we ask God a question and rush away, telling ourselves that He will answer us when He gets around to it. God doesn't "get around to" answering our questions. He answers right away, but reveals it to us in his perfect time and method. We simply do not listen. Wait on him! His answer is worth it! Psalm 27:14 "Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD."
The awesomeness of God's commands is that we are rewarded for following them! He said that if we will listen to him we will dwell safely. What security it gives to know that we are safe. He also promises that we will "be quiet from fear of evil." That means that we will be peaceful or be at ease. We will rest from the worry of harm coming to us from other people. Not only will we be safe, but we will not worry about others hurting us or harming our family.
Liberty Baker is a Pastor's wife, Counselor, and teacher. Her and her husband specialize in building and strengthening relationships. Please visit our website at: fitlyspoken.org
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