Two Ears, One Mouth

Read OR Listen?

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Proverbs 10:8

The wise of heart will receive commands, But a babbling fool will be ruined.

The old saying goes, “the Lord gave us two ears and one mouth so that we would listen twice as much as we talk.”  All too often we do the opposite and make fools of ourselves.

Our proud hearts want to reject authority figures in favor of “doing it on our own.”  Show me a man who has pulled himself up by the bootstraps and I’ll show you someone who did it the hard way.  Why do we always assume we know best when countless people have gone before us and experienced things very similar to what we are facing.  If we inclined our ear to listen to more advice and instruction, our lives would be much easier.  Instead, we do things our own way and babble on about how smart and clever we are.  (Mind you, the irony of me writing this on a blog is not lost on me)

I want to point out that this Proverb can and should be applied to our relationship with the Lord as well.  He is the perfect person to take commands from and it would be wise of us to pay attention.  Instead, far too often we find ourselves yapping away in prayer, asking for a laundry list of items that may or may not have any importance in his divine plan for us.  When you step back and think about the dynamic of a conversation between us and God, who do you think has more important things to say?

When we spend time with the Lord, we should by all means take our prayers to him.  He delights in this.  However, we should also be willing to spend just as much time listening to him.  This includes reading scripture but also it can mean meditating on his word.  The Holy Spirit will reveal deeper truths to us when our souls are quiet and open to instruction.

Remember, we have two ears and one mouth.  Use them appropriately.

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