(Proverbs 5:7 KJV) Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
“Now” (6258) is a word we don’t want to hear. Maybe I can only speak for myself. I think my middle name is Procrastinate. There are very few things that I can’t put off until tomorrow. Why?
I don’t know about you but I don’t think it is laziness. I can, and will, get out and work hard. I get to work early and meet all my deadlines. I think it is a matter of priorities. We all tend to find time to do the things we really want to do. We all find excuses to avoid what we hate. When a kid at school asks if I want to come to a party I often will say, “I am busy that day.” They get a puzzled look because they had not told me the day.
The Hebrew word is used over 400 times in the Old Testament but only three times in Proverbs. It is interesting that each time it is used, it is linked to listening.
So? God has a word for you now. It might still be useful tomorrow but it won’t be fresh. Think of it as a fresh loaf of bread from the bakery. Each day it loses some of its savor. Eventually it will grow mold. Turn on the ears of your heart and listen. Now.