(Proverbs 2:2 KJV) So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
I hear better out of one ear than I do the other. If you know me well enough you can tell if I am really trying to listen because I “make attentive” (7181) the ear that hears better. It is getting so it is automatic. When I am in a restaurant I try to sit with my good ear toward the conversation. How much I understand depends on how I situate myself.
Did you take your Bible to church with you? I won’t bother asking if you went to church. It should be obvious that you can’t hear the preached word if you are not in attendance. But do you go with the idea you are going to hear something that could change your life? I remember one famous church we visited. I saw things that made me feel it was more of a social club rather than an institution of higher worship. One indication was the obvious way we stood out as visitors: We were carrying Bibles. They had their coffee cups and water bottles but obviously figured they did not need a Bible.
So? What is your worship stance? Could a casual observer tell that you were really expecting to deal with eternal truth? Make yourself attentive.