Wednesday, February 6
Today's reading: James 1:22-25
A while back, I was having problems with the word processing program on my computer not allowing me to print. It was super frustrating and hindering to my work. My husband discovered how to fix the problem (caused by an upgrade glitch) and corrected the issue a number of times for me. He also told me how to correct this issue each time this happened. I listened to him, but I never actually sat down at the computer and executed the fix myself. Consequently, if my husband wasn't home when the problem occurred, I was stuck. How foolish on my part. I knew there was a fix, but because I never took the time to be a "doer," what knowledge I had was pretty much rendered useless.
It's the same way with God's Word. It's vital that we read and take in God's instructions--but that's only PART of the equation. We also need to consider what we've read and then take action (be a doer). In other words, we need to ENGAGE God's Word--spend time reading the Bible, reflect on it and then respond to it by putting what we've learned into action in our daily life. When we consistently follow this pattern, our relationship with God will grow, our faith will strengthen and our attitude, actions and words will change for the positive.
When you read your Bible, do you ask God to show you truth and then help you put what you've read into action? What's a recent example of how you were a "doer of the Word"? Will you join me on an intentional journey to be a "doer" this week? Tami
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