I just saw this today at The Good Life, and it really speaks to something I’ve been pondering recently. It’s from God’s Wisdom in Proverbs by Dan Phillips, which I haven’t read, nor do I know much about Dan Phillips, but I appreciate this quote:
“Listen” does not mean, here or anywhere else in Scripture, to harken to a subjective, mystical, murmury, semi-revelatory inner voice of God. God has no intention of turning our attention within ourselves, of urging us to seek after holy hunches and vaporous mumblings inside our own deluded hearts. He categorically condemns such orientation (Prov. 28:26; Jer. 17:9). God knows all too well that dense foolishness is “original factory equipment” in our fallen minds, thanks to Great-Great-Grandad Adam (Prov. 22:15).
No, God is not speaking of our listening to the inscrutable mumblings of some spirit, as if it were His Spirit. Rather, here and everywhere God is urging us to listen to the Word of God (cf. 1:23, 33; 16:20; contrast 28:9). The content makes this unavoidable. Solomon means the wise man to listen to the words he is writing. Internal, lowgrade, spiritual “sweet nothings” would have been far from the inspired king’s mind.
God’s Wisdom in Proverbs