As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God. – Ecclesiastes 5:1
The author of this wisdom gives everyone a thought to ponder in their daily walk with God. He raises the point that when we come into the house of God, we need to keep our ears open and our mouths shut. There is an evil mindset to make mindless offerings to God.
Have you ever wondered why God designed us with two ears and one mouth? Well, here’s your answer! We need to listen twice as much as we speak. Don’t the relationship experts always speak of communication being as much listening to the other person as it is speaking to them? Here’s definitive proof in the holy scriptures of such. The truth of the matter is two-fold: (1) we do need to listen more to God talking to us than us always talking to him and asking of him and (2) we are not to make mindless oaths to God that we can’t keep. The author follows with the fact that we are not to make rash decisions and do as we say nowadays and “don’t write a check with our mouths that our rear ends can’t cash.”
For you see, God will require of you the oaths that you make. For this reason, Jesus taught that we should neither swear by heaven above because it’s God’s throne or by the earth below because it’s his footstool. We don’t have the power to change any one physical attribute about us in a permanent fashion via speaking. Thus we are to let our “yes” be yes and our “no” be no with nothing more and nothing less. Thus, let us learn the valuable lesson of listening to the leading and instruction of the Holy Spirit with our spiritual ears and speak less with our physical mouths. It would do us all wonders to learn to exercise that unruly member between our mandible and maxilla – the tongue! If we are always talking, we cannot hear God talking to us.
Father, thank you for making me the way you did – fearfully and wonderfully in your image! I am a walking and talking reflection of you! Now, I may not be perfect or as holy as you are, but I do strive to imitate Jesus in all aspects of life. I want to be able to say as he did, “I do nothing but what the Father tells me.” I want to be so attuned to your Spirit that I never miss hearing what you’re telling me to do and where to go. I love you, Dad! Your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.