The Bible says, “ATTEND to My words (truth), INCLINE (lean towards and listen) thine ears to My sayings.” Read Proverbs 4:20. This is a particularly instructive Bible verse like any other. I believe God is telling us that the most important ingredient in this life is His word, hence He says, pay attention to My words, and in whatever you do, make sure you lean towards His sayings. Life can throw up so many curve balls, and one can easily be distracted by the cares of this world; and I am sure the Lord understood this, hence His statement in Proverbs 4:20.
Let me ask you this question, if you are not paying attention to the word, then you most definitely are paying attention or giving your energy to something else? Therefore, it is safe for me to say, if it is not the word, then you are worrying about something outside the word, and that is what the scripture is warning us not to do. The Bible says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.” Read Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV). Key word here is “Acknowledge” when you acknowledge Him, you will pay attention to His word, when you acknowledge Him, you will lean and lend your ears to what the Lord is trying to tell you. When you attend to and lean towards His sayings, then His word carries more weight over your life than any other.
I hear what you say, but how do we attend to Gods word? Here is what the scripture says, “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” Read Joshua 1:8 (NASB). Beloved, for the word to be in your mouth, it must first be in your heart, and this is not a one time event; it ought to be a way of life, where Gods word is constantly flowing from your mouths. I call this process, a heart to mouth connection, hence the Bible says, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” What is in your heart will surely come out from your mouth; good or bad
I think one of the reasons we vacillate in our walk and relationship with God is because we pay too much attention to every other thing else but the word of God. We seem to incline our ears to what others and the world is saying, as supposed to what God has said from His word. Recall the Bible says, “Count it all joy when…” Read James 1:2 (NLT). We would be able to count it all joy, when we attend to His word and incline our ears to His sayings or wisdom.
Watch this, some people count it all suicide, heart attack, stress, high blood pressure, hopelessness, migraine, and so on and so forth. But for the one who attends to Gods word and incline their ears to His sayings is full of joy inexpressible and full of glory. Clearly, we see the implication of attention deficit disorder – ADD. Can’t be good for either of us, hence I encourage you to have a daily does of Gods word.
Beloved and friend, ATTEND and INCLINE
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