An essential part of learning is to be attentive. A learner is a student. Their attitude is one of intent. They come with a humble heart to learn about something they don’t know, or enhance what they do know. Proverbs 9:9 says, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” Proverbs 1:5 says, “A wise man will hear and increase learning…”
Learning something new requires our full attention. We have to stay focused which will heighten our awareness. Proverbs 16:23 says, “The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.” Our heart is our belief center. We have to wholeheartedly listen in order to hear what is being taught.
The neuroscientists have coined a phrase. The neurons that fire together wire together. When we give our full attention to what is being taught, our brain and body work together. If we are not paying attention, what we hear will not remain. Isaiah 50:4 was written about the Lord. It says, “The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.”
I want to use Mary and Martha as an example of a learner. Luke 10:38 said that Martha welcomed Jesus and His men into her house. Verse 39 says, “And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.” Verse 40 says that Martha was distracted with much serving. Remember that worry means divided in thought. In verse 41-42 Jesus said, “…you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
In order to learn to be still as we sit at the feet of Jesus, we need to lay aside our serving. Calming our mind will calm our body. Just thinking about being still will affect our body. It isn’t trying, which will cause us to be tense and jammed up, but being.
Recognize and acknowledge that you are a learner. Don’t set yourself up in your mind that this will be a pass or fail situation. Any perceived past failures have passed. Acknowledge that this is a new opportunity. There is much grace. Begin by setting aside a little time to practice being still. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you relax and be attentive.
Last night I was reading about Esau and Jacob. The Holy Spirit connected the narrative to being still. Esau’s self-absorption led to his momentary self-gratification. He gave up his birthright. He forfeited his right, power, authority, and privileges as Jacob’s firstborn.
When it comes to your quiet time, what activity distracts you and causes you to forfeit that time to sit at Jesus’ feet? The enemy of our soul knows that our quiet time gives us inner strength. His intent is to distract us and pull us away from that time. We have to contend all distractions! Being still restores because we cease from our labors and enter His rest.