Proverbs 1:5New International Version (NIV)
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning
SAY WHAT? Wise people listen and learn from what they hear.
BREAKDOWN: Start today, this new beginning, out right by listening more than you talk. Here in the book of Proverbs, written by Solomon (called the richest and wisest man to ever live), we hear this same advice. As a young person, ideas and thoughts may come to you quicker than your parents, or brothers and sisters, but there is still something important about listening more than talking. You only have two ears and one mouth, and that might be a sign that God built us to listen twice as much as we talk.
The Bible says we add to our learning, and, one day, we will be able to cash in (get paid) on all of the listening. But also as you listen, the verse says that we should also get guidance (that’s understanding) that everything we hear won’t always make sense. There will be some things in life that, no matter who you are, will need to be explained to you. However, you have to admit you don’t know everything, (this is a good lesson to learn even at your age), and then go get the guidance.
LIVE IT OUT: Listen more than you talk and get guidance from the right people. Listening and guidance comes from God and the people God has placed in your life to help you. (Not from music videos, radio, or your favorite TV/reality show. I had to put this in!)
Let this be our prayer :
God, today, help me listen more than I talk, and to gain from my listening what you want to give me. Lord, also help me seek the right people for guidance in the area where I need help. It’s in Jesus’ name that I pray, Amen.
God Bless you now and always,