“Listen up!” “Pay attention!” “Tune in.” How often do you catch yourself saying that to your children? You’re not in bad company if you repeat this command often. This is one of the most repeated directions in the book of Proverbs as well. In just the first 8 chapters there are over fifteen instances of some form of this command. Jesus was also fond of saying his own version of this: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Why such a big emphasis on hearing? My hunch is that it is because hearing is one of the only, if not the only, entrances to gaining knowledge. There is no other way to get in. Hearing is the doorway you have to go through if we’re going to grow in wisdom. If we can’t hear God, we can’t learn about him. If we can’t listen to instruction from Him, or from our pastors, parents, friends and teachers, we’re stuck. We need the input and advice from all those places, and to receive that instruction, we need to be able to hear.