Words from the Heart for Sunday July 24th, 2016
Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.
Proverbs 8:32-33 (NIV)
Listening to God
Wisdom is not merely a matter of living well, but is essential for life and hope. How are you listening to the Word of the Lord? How are you seeking to obey what you read?
New immigrants to Canada from non-English speaking countries have quite a challenge when they arrive – not only do they need to get used to a new culture but they have to learn to speak English. Many of them take English as a Second Language courses that are held in churches and office buildings across the country. But there are also a number of online listening exercises. Designed for those with no or limited ability to read or speak English, a variety of media are used – movie trailers, travel videos, and TV shorts for example. The student listens to the clips and then must answer some multiple choice questions (in English) about the video they have just watched and listened to. Others offer English audio conversations that the student listens to and answers questions.
The day in which we live puts a lot of pressure on young people to follow its philosophies and leave God out of the picture of their lives. Godly parents find it difficult to raise their children to love the Lord Jesus and live a life that honours Him. While the pull to walk away from the Lord is strong today, Christian parents have always had the challenge of building a Biblical worldview into the hearts and minds of their children. This was so even in King Solomon’s day. He gives this counsel in Proverbs 8:32-33: “Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.” Solomon uses an interesting way of expressing these truths. It is wisdom who is speaking here. And the advice she gives has a greater blessing. In Proverbs 8:35 she says: “For those who find me find life and receive favour from the Lord.” If we listen to the wisdom that God gives, if we follow what the Bible teaches for those who love the Lord, we will enjoy the favour of God. We live in a day of Biblical illiteracy and even Christians don’t know what the Bible teaches. If we would commit ourselves to being students of the Word of God, and live according to its precepts, we will be blessed with freedom from sin and guilt and enjoying the blessings of walking in victory.
These have been words from the heart.