(Proverbs 5:13 KJV) And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
After one day of school, I can usually tell you who is “inclined” (5186) to learn anything and get a decent grade. There are certain indicators. Some of you may have heard about the seating “T”. The people who sit across the front and up the middle tend to get the best grades. Their choices tell you where they will focus their attention. If you went to a public school classroom you would also notice that some of the students never seem to bring anything with them; no pen or pencil, no books, no paper.
Listening often begins long before we get in range of a voice. We make choices and begin actions that determine how the day will go. As I drive up the street to school I see one student striding boldly along, chewing his gum and carrying his skateboard. He is carrying nothing else. Will he be listening when he gets to class?
Do you go through life making sure you have your skateboard or do you make sure you have your books.
So examine your inclination as you prepare to face the world. There used to be a commercial that announced, “As John Q. Arbuckle used to say, ‘You get what you pay for.’” We know that Jesus paid on the cross. Are you inclined to live so the Blood is applied to your life today?