As I was looking over this verse I noticed that the Hebrew for “listened” (885) is shama. That made me check out the famous Jewish recitation of the same name,
(Deuteronomy 6:4 KJV) Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:“Hear” and “listen” are the same word, which adds to the impact of this verse.
We could talk about the different ideas expressed by the two English words but it is a concept that we must embrace: We must develop a habit of paying attention to what God is saying to us.
It is easy to go on cruise-control. It is hard to stay alert. It is also vital to our survival in this world and for eternity.
So? Find a way to pinch yourself spiritually. Try to find some way to work into your patterns a moment that serves as an alarm clock. Listen and hear, then live accordingly.