Recently I was in a crowded building where there was over 150 voices going at once. There were the softly spoken people, the loud, the people who also spoke with their hands in wild and wonderful theatrics whose stories seemed larger than life and accompanied by many other voices. In a room like this it would be easy to be distracted from or disengage from the conversation that was happening right in front of you. It would be also all too easy to just nod and smile, pretending that you heard someone you were speaking with, inserting a few yeses in the right place, but in reality, you have no idea what they said due to the noise.
This crowd filled loud room got me thinking about a proverb, (3:20) where it says:
“My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.”
Notice the Father encouraging the son to turn the ear, to get closer, to really hear what is being said? Not just nodding and smiling but really turning to listen to what is being said.
In a similar way, there is a song that I used to sing as a teenager that helped me get closer to God, it helped me sift through the crowd of voices both inside my head and external, to hear what he might want to say and lead me to. It helped me turn my ear to hear Gods gentle leading. It read “And I’ll incline my ear to you, and I will hear your gentle voice, in the Sweetness of your word I will rejoice”. Oh how sweet it is when you hear/perceive a simple word from God, it bring so much life and joy.
It is a privilege to be able to hear from God in his written word, and also, I wonder if recently you have actively chosen to turn your ear to hear God’s spoken word to you thorough the Spirit, have you inclined your ear to him in prayer. I encourage you to give it a go, create some space for yourself and ask God, is there anything you want to tell me. A bit like Samuel “speak Lord your servant is listening” 1 Samuel 3:10. I pray that the Holy Spirit, that is the gift of God living in us, will cause us all to turn and listen to his gentle leading and voice.