Words from the Heart for Thursday July 14th, 2016
Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path…
Proverbs 23:19 (NIV)
Listen and Be Wise
Children quickly learn to answer their parents’ requests with a dismissive “I know.” True listening can be observed by the course of your life. Have you set your desires on the right path?
Florida police say a new type of genetic profiling has brought them one step closer to identifying a woman believed to be involved in the death of a Canadian couple. David Pichosky and Rochelle Wise were found asphyxiated and bound in January 2013 inside their winter home in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Local police chief Dwayne Flournoy says DNA phenotyping has allowed them to develop a composite sketch of one of the two women who are believed to be involved in the deaths. Flournoy said both profiles have been run through databases in both the U.S. and Canada, but have failed to generate any matches. Flournoy recently said “We have a great deal of information and evidence; we’re just missing one tip. We’re just one lead away from solving this case.” This is wise policing.
I have great respect for contemplative people. I am not by nature given to introspection and contemplation. But I am learning recently about listening prayer. And I like it very much. The ability to listen for God in the quietness of my prayer time. It does take discipline and concentration – and having the Bible handy. God speaks in so many ways – through His Word, in the still small voice of the Holy Spirit through prompting and guidance and through the words of godly counsel. King Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, except Jesus of course, understood this and so gave godly advice in Proverbs 23:19: “Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path.” We live in an information age. We are bombarded every day by noise, news and nonsense. Everybody has an opinion but few are wise. Solomon reminds his son to set aside the noise of the world and the nonsense with which the ungodly spout off and listen to the wisdom of the godly. The Bible is filled with good advice – it is inspired by God the Creator, after all, who knows us far better than anyone else, including ourselves. We are wise to listen to what He says and wiser still when we do listen and obey what He teaches us. How often do you listen to what God is trying to say to you? Take time to do so, through quiet prayer, time in God’s Word and seeking godly counsel. All of this will make you wise.
These have been words from the heart.