James 1:22 New Living Translation
“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.”
It is very important to listen to the Word of the Lord, but it is far more important to put it into action. You can judge how obedient and faithful a Christian you are by how much you think, speak and act like our Savior. That only comes from learning scripture and putting it into practice. It’s no secret that we are to know the Word of God. This is spoken of throughout the Bible, especially in the Psalms. To think we can make a go of this life without the wisdom that is found in God’s Word is foolhardy at best. Why would you even want to attempt to do that when God already knows everything that needs to be known? How many mistakes would we avoid if we simply live out what we read in scripture?
This letter from the Apostle James was written to the Jewish believers who, due to persecution, had been scattered throughout the Mediterranean world. One of the reasons for the letter was that it seemed they were tempted to apply head knowledge over true faith in their daily lives. James reminded them that theirs was a living faith, not just statements written on pages. The Word of God is referred to as “alive and active” (Hebrews 4:12).
This particular translation of the Bible uses the word “must” regarding whether we are to obey God’s Word or not. It’s true. If we desire to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord, there is no other way then to not just read, but digest scripture on a daily basis or at the very least as often as humanly possible. God’s Word holds the key to peace, mercy, grace, love, contentment, forgiveness and so much more. These things are out of reach outside of the scriptures. Submission is something we must accept and do when it comes to the Lord. He wishes to lead and guide us, but we have to want to be led. It’s our choice. Submit and grow. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; published by Tyndale House.