There is no better way to discover truth than listening to God. When we listen, we quiet what we already know to make room for what we might discover.
Humans are crowded with wickedness. The flesh is not a candidate for reform. It needs to be weeded out. Replaced. We do this by planting the word of God in our hearts, minds, and souls.
Listening is a risk. It asks us to step away from ourselves, to open up to the possibility of others. We risk our wickedness being exposed.
But too much of life is trying to cover up our weaknesses rather than naming it and replacing it. There is wickedness in each of us. When we expose and name the rot within, we have a chance to change. An opportunity to make different choices.
The Bible tells us the first step in listening to God is to listen to one another. It teaches us to set self aside. When we set self aside, we are then able to truly listen to God.
Listening to God helps expose our blind spots. It shines a light on the parts of us that do not look like God. That gives us the opportunity to replace counter productive thoughts and behaviors with those that look more like Jesus.