Have a Listening Ear
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. - James 1:19
To turn wisdom to wealth in these last days, you must have a listening ear. Solomon had a listening ear. Many do not listen. I was told the story of a major general, (an army officer), who was travelling at top speed; in his car (jeep) across a town. The bridge ahead had been washed away by the heavy rain in the previous night. The villagers coming from farm saw the way he was speeding. They were waving him down to tell him of the danger ahead. He thought they were looking for help and he did not wait. They kept on waving him down. He could not even wait for two minutes to hear them out. He kept on running. Do not be in haste the bible says, “he that believeth is not in haste”. He kept on running until he ran to the bridge and died. God has set opportunity for him to be preserved but he would not wait or listen.
We must learn to listen. Solomon, the richest in the Old Testament, had ears to listen. How can a great king like Solomon listen to others? Beloved be quick to hear, be slow to speak. Some are not learning anything in life. Learn, learn from people, learn from children. Solomon learnt from everything. He went to the insects and learnt from them. He learnt from the fowls. Do not close your ears through life; listen and learn. Solomon listened to the harlots. If it were to be some people, they would have given a command for the harlots to be killed without hearing them out. The harlots were not married, yet they wanted children. One overlaid her baby until she died. The other slept much until her baby was exchanged. Two of them had trouble, how will the case be settled? Two of them kept saying ‘the living child is mine’. Can you imagine? The man God has destined to be the richest in the world, hearing people (harlots) talking. Wealth is a product of the problem you solve for the people. If you stop solving problem, you stop having wealth. Money does not fly from the sky. Be interested in solving problem and you will be wealthy.
Those who have no time to help others will not attract wealth. Hear people and help them. Sit down and hear, even God has made hearing a pattern for us to have faith. Some people today are not hearing. What they are hearing is news that the country is tough, the economy is distressed but they are not hearing what God is saying; “I am the Lord, I changeth not”. You come to the church to hear. Have a hearing ear.
Solomon heard their stories and after he heard them, he had the inspiration of God. He commanded for a sword to be brought. Since they were fighting over the living child, he decided to cut the baby two apiece. To cut the story short, he commanded that the child be killed; each of the harlot should take the half. The one that was a liar accepted the verdict but the real mother out of heart of compassion for her baby felt the agony and love.
Prayer: And this I pray, that my love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment so that I may approve things that are excellent in Jesus Name.
Further Reading: 1 Kings 3:16-28, Romans 10:17
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Job 34:1-36:33; 2 Corinthians 4:1-12; Psalm 44:1-8; Proverbs 22:10-12