Proverbs 4: King James Bible
Hearing the Word of God – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter four, Verse 10
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses
Here we are again, receiving a physical benefit from the Word of God. We’re given two instructions in this one verse.
The opening word of chapter four is the word “hear.” We took a look at this in a previous devotional called “Keep my Commandments and Live,” but in this verse, this is step one for our years to be many.
We need to not only read the Word but also hear the instruction of the Lord. This helps us in a variety of ways. But among the most important things about hearing the Word of God is to build and increase in our faith.
We need faith in order to please God don’t we? We need faith in order to do just about anything as it pertains to our Christian walk with the Lord, down the path that he has blazed ahead of us. Hearing the Word of God is something that should be part of our daily regimen.
Hearing first then receiving comes next. When we receive something, we take it and hold on to it. Think of a wide receiver out on the football field. The QB throws the football, the receiver catches it, then what does he do? He holds on to the ball and runs it into the end-zone (if he’s able).
We need to receive the Word of God, hold on to it, get it deep into our system, and allow it to take root. Once it does take root, it doesn’t just sit there dormant, but will yield fruit.
When we hear and receive the instructions of the Father, according to the verse above, what we wind up with in return are years to our lives. God’s Word is powerful, teeming with the same stuff that the Lord used to create all of the Universe!
His Word gives us life, and life more abundantly. Not as this superficial world gives, but life that works from the spiritual, breaking into the physical.
Related New Testament Scripture
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Prayer – Hearing the Word of God
Your Words are life, and they are nourishment to our bones. You’ve shown us the way to add years to our lives, by hearing and receiving your Word. We receive your Word with gladness, and we’re mindful of Christ Jesus in John chapter one when it says that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Open our ears to hear your Word, teach us to receive your Word into our innermost being, and cause for it to take root, and to yield fruit in our lives all of our days. In the name of Christ Jesus we pray.
Have you ever made a practice of hearing the Word of God?