How often do you get to ride in a helicopter to lunch? Probably never, but yesterday, that’s what we did. The views were phenomenal! The pilot is a dear friend who lovingly teaches as he flies; I’m not sure if it helps him remember what he’s doing or if he wants to make sure someone else knows how to fly in case trouble occurs. After he explained the details, he gave me a pop quiz, and I failed miserably. Though I was listening, I wasn’t soaking it in. It was too much for my brain, and I felt utterly ignorant. Flying a helicopter is not something I desire to do; I’m not even crazy about riding in one; it seems very risky.
The problem with me not listening to understand and learn, if something had happened to our friend, I wouldn’t have known how to maneuver the aircraft, and we would have crashed and probably died.
The same is true about learning God’s Word and listening to scripture. We cannot merely read it, but we must understand it, meditate on it, take it to heart, and put it into practice. One day, it will help save our life.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22