Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Hearing and Doing

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.   James 1:22(NLT)

William Barclay said of this passage:  

In his listening to the true word a man has revealed to him that which he is and that which he ought to be.  He sees what is wrong and what must be done to put it right; but, if he is only a hearer, he remains just as he is, and all his hearing has gone for nothing….what is heard in the holy place must be lived in the market place – or there is no point in hearing at all.[2]

A few examples:

Moses went to the burning bush.  He heard the will of God expressed from a bush that burned, but was not consumed.  Moses had some reservations, but he obeyed God and went to do business with Pharaoh.  He had many excuses and lots of doubt – but the Word of God was not something to be taken lightly…Moses was driven to go. 

The Word of God told Moses to go – Moses obeyed.

Saul was going about doing what he thought was best.  God had other ideas, and blinded him to the old way of life on the road to Damascus.  By the time the scales came off, Saul was now changed dramatically into Paul.  The enemy of the Lord became the greatest servant of the Kingdom.  He was driven out of self, onto his knees and into the service of the King. 

The Word of God told Paul to change the world – Paul obeyed.

John was snatched up from the isle of Patmos to view the splendor of heaven’s glory.  John didn’t get further than speaking to an angel before he was driven prostrate in worship. 

The Word of God told John to write – John gave us the future.

Isaiah saw the holy angels flying to and fro, praising and worshiping the Lord, high and lifted up on His throne.  Isaiah was driven to confession that he was a man of unclean lips. 

The Word of God told Isaiah to tell the world the truth – Isaiah gave us hope on the wings of eagles, running and not being weary.

Jacob was a liar and an ambitious manipulator.  It cost him his family and his home.  Running from those who would get even, Jacob lay his head down on a stone pillow one night, and caught a glimpse of heaven.  He was driven to a vow of putting his lying tongue at God’s disposal to change him.  It took many years, but Jacob was driven to come home and make everything right.

The Word of God told the Jacob his name was no longer “deceiver” the self-interested manipulator, but he was now to be Israel, God ruled.  Israel obeyed and prevailed with men and God!

When we are weak in faith, if we step towards the truth of the Word of God, God can make us strong for His purposes, and strengthen others through our service.  All of it simply requires a step toward the truth, the Word of God.

Max Lucado wrote:  

If there are a thousand steps between us and God, he will take all but one.  He will leave the final one for us.  The choice is ours.

For You Today

We would be the first to admit we are not those spiritual giants; but the Word of Truth tells us we must start. 

So, today, let’s ask that our eyes be opened.  Then we will see with the eyes of faith.  Then, we can be obedient to the Word of Truth!

You chew on that as you hit the Rocky Road today…and have a blessed day!

[2] William Barclay, The Daily Study Bible, Vol 15, (Philadelphia, Westminster Press, 1976) 59.

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