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What Are You Listening To? (1 Timothy 4:6-7)

Introductory Thoughts

The words that enter a man’s ears eventually fill his heart and mind with good thoughts or bad thoughts. It is, therefore, crucial that a man guard not only the words that exit his mouth but also the words that enter into his ears. Paul understood this truth and sought to warn Timothy, his son in the faith. In one place, Paul warned Timothy to “refuse profane and old wives’ fables” (1 Timothy 4:7). Later in the same epistle, he told Timothy to avoid “profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called” (1 Timothy 6:20). Paul warned that others had apparently given heed to these things. In doing so, they had “erred concerning the faith” (1 Timothy 6:21). Paul had no desire to see the same outcome for Timothy and his life.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): The most important thing you will ever hear is the word of God (Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 3:15). Mary knew that (Luke 10:38-42). It will help you to live for the Lord (Psalm 119:9). You will be blessed by not listening to the ungodly (Psalm 1:1).
  • (For everyone): Read 2 Timothy 2:16. What happens when men refuse to shun profane and vain babblings? Read 2 Timothy 2:15. To what should you give heed in the lieu of profane and vain babblings?
  • The words you permit to enter your ears will eventually control your heart and mind. How should this cause you to diligently guard your ears?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to give you wisdom to know what you need to hear.
  • Thank the Lord for giving you pure words in the scripture.