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First thought

Proverbs 18:13 NKJV — He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him.

Not long ago I was listening to a sermon and after reading this verse the pastor said:

“Don’t let your first thought be your final answer.” Pastor H.

Nice.

The first thought, the first impression, and that first reaction, are often less than the whole picture.

It requires time and attention to get to the actual kernel: the point in most conversations.

Yet, it’s not uncommon to bite into the first words which register upon the brain.

To begin to “chew” on that first bite, only to discover we have a mouthful of misunderstanding, tasteless and disappointing for either party.

No one wants to be only “somewhat” listened to.

Yet, it’s probable, that most people at one time have “answer(ed) a matter before he hears it,” Proverbs 18:13 (past tense added).

What is even easier than jumping to a conclusion?

Speaking without grasping the point.

We must guard against both assuming we completely understand without listening and to refrain from answering quickly.

Proverbs 10:8 NKJV — The wise in heart will receive commands, But a prating fool will fall.

Prating foolishness is easy if one speaks before they grasp the point.

Proverbs 13:15 NKJV — Good understanding gains favor, But the way of the unfaithful is hard.

How does one truly understand if one has not spent time listening? Especially, when it comes to listening to the Lord.

Proverbs 21:2 NKJV — Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.

Not every conversation we have will require diligence to unearth the matter, but all the words we speak should be weighed by us before uttering.

Matthew 12:36 KJV — But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

It’s worthwhile to learn to listen, and most valuable to tame our tongue.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for teaching us the importance of self discipline, especially when it comes to conversation. Lord, please place a guard upon my mouth, and let me not sin against You. Lord, please help me not to be arrogant or impatient with others, assuming I know what they are talking about without giving them the courtesy of my attention. Please, help me to be careful with what I say. Lord, I want to love like You do. I want to speak words of encouragement. Please help me to do so and to truly listen to those around me. Thank You. Amen.

Listen

I will hear what God the LORD will speak,
For He will speak peace
To His people and to His saints;
But let them not turn back to folly. Psalm 85:8 NKJV

Are you listening?

Not to me, nor to the media, nor even to the sounds of nature, but to the Almighty God?

The Creator of heaven and earth, the One who formed you in your mother’s womb, the One who created all the stars and planets.

Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the LORD,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28

The One who was born of a virgin and misunderstood by many.

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23

The One who came to save us from our sins.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, Eph. 1:7-8

Are you listening?

When does He speak?

Where does one go to hear the words of the Almighty God?

What is His address, does He have voicemail?

No, something far more timeless.

His Word, the Holy Bible, is God speaking to us.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

His Holy Spirit sent to teach us.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:26

He’s speaking.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27

Are you listening?

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the Holy Spirit to teach and bring the Word to remembrance. Lord Jesus, You alone know the struggles each of us face. You have all the answers we are looking for. Lord Jesus, please help me to listen to You. Help me to never put off or ignore time spent in Your Word. Please open my mind to learning and direct my soul that I might hear Your voice and obey. Lord, I know You would rather have obedience than sacrifice. Help me to be obedient. Lord Jesus, Your Word is truth, life, and righteousness. Thank You for what You have done, what You are doing, and what You will do. I love You, Jesus. Amen.