Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.
(Proverbs 2:2)

Some people don’t need a tuner to tune a piano or guitar, they just feel the vibrations. It’s an inner ear, like their whole being resonates with it. To do this, they have to get real quiet and concentrate.

This reminds me of the story of the Indian and white man walking through the woods on a noisy day. The Indian stops, asks the white man, “Do you hear that?”

White man says, “What? The woods are filled with noises.”

“Someone is walking toward us.”

The Indian knew how to tune his ears and distinguish one sound from the next.

To find wisdom, you need to get real quiet. You need to concentrate so you can distinguish wisdom’s voice from all the others. You need to study wisdom for a long, long time to master this. You need to surround yourself with wise people with wisdom-tuned ears.

Try it right now—block out everything else and focus on what wisdom’s tiny whisper is telling you in this moment. Laser focus on it so you not only hear the whisper, but know what it means and how it applies to your life.

When my daughter Naomi was a young child, she learned to play the violin. She could block out everything else and concentrate only on what she was playing. The result was deep, beautiful, soothing music.

She still has that ability today, only now she applies it to the intricate details of design and CAD drawings for our fast growing, multi-million dollar national company. She’s considered one of the best in her field.

Every day, bring your current reality to God: your problems, conflicts, hopes, fears, and dreams. Then completely silence yourself, and listen for wisdom. Unpack what you hear, taking plenty of notes. Sit in that silence, hearing only wisdom’s whispers until you understand how the message applies to your today.

Father, I hear you whispering in the midst of the clamor and chatter of my mind and the noisy world around me. Noise, noise everywhere. Yet your whisper is always there, even when I’m not listening. The whispers of your wisdom are the sweetest sound to my soul. For many years I let the clamor drive me: I hit so many walls, I lost so many loves, I blew it so many times, and I lost so much money. Yet, I only needed to quiet myself for a few or several minutes a day, listen deeply, and spend time in the quiet with other wisdom seekers as we listen together.

Phillip Cohen