Listening to God

  • July 09, 2018
Monday 09

Proverbs 2:1-7

Psychologists refer to a phenomenon known as dissociation to describe a mental state in which someone inhabits two worlds simultaneously. Many of us might have experienced this in its mildest form while driving. Our thoughts drift, and we fly right by our exit, traveling many miles before we recognize our mistake.

As Christians, we sometimes suffer from spiritual dissociation. With good intentions, we open our Bibles and begin reading only to realize several verses later that we have no idea what we just read. Although God was speaking, we failed to hear His voice. Usually, this situation can be easily remedied by rereading with focused concentration, but there are other times when we fail to hear God for more serious reasons.

Sometimes an inability to hear the Lord is simply the result of spiritual immaturity, but it could also indicate a perilous state of spiritual indifference or, worse still, rebellion. In that state, we run the risk of becoming like the man who hardens his neck after much reproof and is suddenly broken beyond remedy (Prov. 29:1).

Let’s not make it difficult for God to get through to us. He’s a loving Father who keeps speaking in order to turn us away from evil and direct us back to Himself. His goal is to transform us from stubborn children needing firm control to mature followers who can be counseled merely by a word or a nudge from Him. The more receptive we become to His instructions, the more we’ll experience His lovingkindness and the joy of obedience and righteousness.

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1 My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you,

2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;

3 For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;

4 If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures;

5 Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God.

6 For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,

1 A man who hardens his neck after much reproof Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.

1 My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding;

2 That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve knowledge.

3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech;

4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.

5 Her feet go down to death, Her steps take hold of Sheol.

6 She does not ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.

7 Now then, my sons, listen to me And do not depart from the words of my mouth.

8 Keep your way far from her And do not go near the door of her house,

9 Or you will give your vigor to others And your years to the cruel one;

10 And strangers will be filled with your strength And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien;

11 And you groan at your final end, When your flesh and your body are consumed;

12 And you say, How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof!

13 I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!

14 I was almost in utter ruin In the midst of the assembly and congregation."

15 Drink water from your own cistern And fresh water from your own well.

16 Should your springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets?

17 Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you.

18 Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth.

19 As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love.

20 For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?

21 For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths.

22 His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin.

23 He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.

1 My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have given a pledge for a stranger,

2 If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth,

3 Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself; Since you have come into the hand of your neighbor, Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.

4 Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids;

5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter's hand And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

6 Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,

7 Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler,

8 Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.

9 How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?

10 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest"--

11 Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man.

12 A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth,

13 Who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, Who points with his fingers;

14 Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil, Who spreads strife.

15 Therefore his calamity will come suddenly; Instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing.

16 There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:

17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood,

18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil,

19 A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.

20 My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother;

21 Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck.

22 When you walk about, they will guide you; When you sleep, they will watch over you; And when you awake, they will talk to you.

23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life

24 To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the adulteress.

25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her capture you with her eyelids.

26 For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And an adulteress hunts for the precious life.

27 Can a man take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned?

28 Or can a man walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched?

29 So is the one who goes in to his neighbor's wife; Whoever touches her will not go unpunished.

30 Men do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy himself when he is hungry;

31 But when he is found, he must repay sevenfold; He must give all the substance of his house.

32 The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.

33 Wounds and disgrace he will find, And his reproach will not be blotted out.

34 For jealousy enrages a man, And he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

35 He will not accept any ransom, Nor will he be satisfied though you give many gifts.

1 My son, keep my words And treasure my commandments within you.

2 Keep my commandments and live, And my teaching as the apple of your eye.

3 Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 Say to wisdom, You are my sister," And call understanding your intimate friend;

5 That they may keep you from an adulteress, From the foreigner who flatters with her words.

6 For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice,

7 And I saw among the naive, And discerned among the youths A young man lacking sense,

8 Passing through the street near her corner; And he takes the way to her house,

9 In the twilight, in the evening, In the middle of the night and in the darkness.

10 And behold, a woman comes to meet him, Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart.

11 She is boisterous and rebellious, Her feet do not remain at home;

12 She is now in the streets, now in the squares, And lurks by every corner.

13 So she seizes him and kisses him And with a brazen face she says to him:

14 I was due to offer peace offerings; Today I have paid my vows.

15 Therefore I have come out to meet you, To seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you.

16 I have spread my couch with coverings, With colored linens of Egypt.

17 I have sprinkled my bed With myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.

18 Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with caresses.

19 For my husband is not at home, He has gone on a long journey;

20 He has taken a bag of money with him, At the full moon he will come home."

21 With her many persuasions she entices him; With her flattering lips she seduces him.

22 Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,

23 Until an arrow pierces through his liver; As a bird hastens to the snare, So he does not know that it will cost him his life.

24 Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, And pay attention to the words of my mouth.

25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths.

26 For many are the victims she has cast down, And numerous are all her slain.

27 Her house is the way to Sheol, Descending to the chambers of death.

1 Does not wisdom call, And understanding lift up her voice?

2 On top of the heights beside the way, Where the paths meet, she takes her stand;

3 Beside the gates, at the opening to the city, At the entrance of the doors, she cries out:

4 To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men.

5 O naive ones, understand prudence; And, O fools, understand wisdom.

6 Listen, for I will speak noble things; And the opening of my lips will reveal right things.

7 For my mouth will utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

8 All the utterances of my mouth are in righteousness; There is nothing crooked or perverted in them.

9 They are all straightforward to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge.

10 Take my instruction and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold.

11 For wisdom is better than jewels; And all desirable things cannot compare with her.

12 I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion.

13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate.

14 Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine.

15 By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.

16 By me princes rule, and nobles, All who judge rightly.

17 I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.

18 Riches and honor are with me, Enduring wealth and righteousness.

19 My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, And my yield better than choicest silver.

20 I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice,

21 To endow those who love me with wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.

22 The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.

23 From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.

24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no springs abounding with water.

25 Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills I was brought forth;

26 While He had not yet made the earth and the fields, Nor the first dust of the world.

27 When He established the heavens, I was there, When He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,

28 When He made firm the skies above, When the springs of the deep became fixed,

29 When He set for the sea its boundary So that the water would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth;

30 Then I was beside Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him,

31 Rejoicing in the world, His earth, And having my delight in the sons of men.

32 Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, For blessed are they who keep my ways.

33 Heed instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it.

34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts.

35 For he who finds me finds life And obtains favor from the LORD.

36 But he who sins against me injures himself; All those who hate me love death."

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