Proverbs 4 contains several admonitions for us to listen to God’s wisdom:
— :1 “Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father …”
— :10 “Hear, my son, and accept my sayings …”
— :20 “My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.”
These repeated admonitions to listen to our Father speak to us about our attitude. Are we open to hearing from God, to learning from Him? It is a simple question, but one which should be soul-searching for us. Are we truly humble enough, and receptive enough, to learn something from God? Or are our lives characterized by pride, so that we are closed-minded?
Proverbs 4 may speak to an “attitude” as much as anything. What is your basic attitude towards God? Are you really ready to listen and learn? Or do you merely want God to bless what you already “know” is best? There is a big difference! Will you be open when God says to you, “My son, give attention to my words”?