Proverbs 19:20 -Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
In order to become a successful jazz musician, there are two skills one must develop. The first is mastery of the instrument. One needs to not only be familiar with how to play notes, such as a “C” or “B-flat”, but be able to control the tone of the instrument, know its limits, use dynamics, scales, and chord progressions.
Secondly, one needs to develop an “ear”. The “ear” is that heightened sense of listening to
other musicians and what they are playing. It will guide them not only on what to play, but how to play and what to play next. The “ear” gives direction and turns a regular song into a great performance.
In order to be successful in life (fulfilling God’s purpose which glories Him and impact others) we need to develop a “spiritual ear”: a heightened sensitivity to the voice and working of God in our lives. He will tell us not only what to do, but how do it and when. God speaks to us primarily through His Word, with the indwelling Holy Spirit illuminating what is applicable for us at that moment. But like a great jazz musician, it takes practice to hone the skill of listening.
Developing your “spiritual ear” is an intentional endeavor; it doesn’t come by accident.
Do you feel like you’re just drifting through life, without a clear direction or purpose? Have you missed some opportunities or made some significant mistakes because you listened to the wrong voice and never checked with God to “hear what He’s playing”. Are you at a crossroad in your life and need to know what to do next?
Make a choice to develop your spiritual ear through prayer, reading and meditating on His
Word. He is the only One who can turn your “regular” life into a “great performance” that
glorifies Him, impacts others, and fulfills you in ways you didn’t think possible.