(Proverbs 5:7 KJV) Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
To whom do you “listen” (8085)? This is a very common word in Proverbs, being used thirty times by my count. Why would this book of wisdom repeat a word so often? BECAUSE WE DON’T LISTEN! (That was me shouting, in case you didn’t get it.) Think about it. A written book can’t yell. It can’t juggle or stand on its head. How does it try to get you to wake up? Repetition. You may have noticed this in the formula of three’s. For instance “Holy, Holy, Holy” is to emphasize the holiness of God. God is saying, “Listen to me.”
There are many ways to tell if someone is paying attention. Watch the direction of the head. If they are facing the TV there is a good chance you are not connecting. If they keep turning their head to see what is happening you are just a distraction. Watch the eyes. Have you ever been at a convention and started talking to someone and noticed that their eyes are constantly scanning the crowd. They are looking for someone else to talk to. You are not important enough to focus on. The glazed over look is another indication.
So? Is God talking to you? Are you listening? It might help to take your figurative earphones out of your figurative I-pod and plug them into the eternal word. Turn off the TV of the world and focus on the living words of the Father. Don’t make Him shout. You really don’t want to make Him shout.