Proverbs 23:12 says, “Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.” This verse speaks to the fact that we are prone to just listen to God's word when what he is truly calling for is application. God is seeking people who are changed by his truth and not merely listening to it.
As we continue to read through the Bible this year it is important for us to consider whether we are truly accomplishing what God desires for us. Are we just reading to read and ending most days without the slightest recollection of what we have read? Do we read and understand but don't do anything with what we have learned? God's desire is that his truth would change us in powerful ways. As Jesus said, when you know the truth it will set you free.
A great way of participating in this process is to ask these questions of the portion of the Bible we read. What is happening in the text (observation)? What does it mean (interpretation)? What else does the Bible say about this (correlation)? What do I need to do with this (application)? This ensures that we apply our heart and ears to God's word and are living out the wisdom of Proverbs 23:12.
Question of the day: Which step of observation, interpretation, correlation or application do you most frequently miss?
Father God, thank you for your truth which you have revealed to me. Help me to know your truth and walk in it. Help me not to be merely a hearer of your truth but a doer also. Help me to live out your love, grace and truth today. Amen.