Listen And Hear
Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given and you will receive even more.
Mark 4:24 NLT
There is a hearing beyond the physical that brings faith (Rom 10v17). This hearing(understanding) happens through careful listening in meditation.
To hear(understand) the point of view of anyone, there’s need to put aside your own ideology and listen carefully to the fellow, only when you understand the person can you decide whether or not to accept
The great psalmist, David revealed this same mystery in psalms 62vs11 that there are two hearings; the hearing of the flesh and the hearing of the spirit. The hearing of the flesh requires only your physical ears, while that of the spirit requires serious meditation using the power of the mind and the tongue backed up by a hunger for understanding.
Consider this testimony of king David;
Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of your laws.
Psalms 119:99 NLT
It takes a deep hunger/craving for truth to meditate on God’s Word to the point of gaining understanding. Such meditation takes time and concentration there’s no rush at all, no distractions or other pressing engagements.
It is dangerous to listen with a distracted mind. It leads to a hearing that brings confusion. Let’s see what Jesus said concerining that…
To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”
Mark 4:25 NLT
This is where the HOLY SPIRIT is needed to guide our listening in meditation. For He was sent to guide us into all truth (John 16v13)
Consider this…why is it that people who are eating a delicacy with care and full concentration? Because there’s need to meditate on the taste and other intricacies of that meal as you eat, if it is to be enjoyed at all.
Let’s listen carefully to God in meditation and prayer and you surely will enjoy Him for you will hear Him unveil things to you.