In One Ear and Out the Other

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, Proverbs 2:1

You’ve probably heard the phrase “in one ear and out the other.” We say it when we feel that our words have no affect on someone. Or we might say, “It was like talking to a brick wall.” Either they weren’t listening to us or they were thickheaded and could not comprehend.

Throughout Scripture God wants desperately to teach us, but often His words go in one ear and out the other. His words, when we do read them, bounce right off us. Our minds race when we read the Bible because there are just so many things to do and catch up on. The cares of the world often overtake our thoughts.

But God is patient. Often He has to tell us many times before something finally sinks in. I’m sure He’d rather it “stick” the first time but He also knows our fraility.

Today as you seek God for wisdom to carry you through the day, ask Him for the ability to hear something important once and to obey it. It’s a rare gift to cherish if you have it.

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