Let’s imagine for a moment that you are at the bookstore and you have finally found it: the world’s best diet book. All of the other diet books were nothing compared to this one. This beautifully binded manual spoke straight to your heart and told you exactly what you needed to do to lose weight. So of course, you buy this perfect book, you take it home, and you curl up in your favorite reading spot and read read read. You are excited at the amazing wisdom and advice this books has to offer you and then you close the book, get up and never apply any of the principles the book has given you. Do you think you will lose any weight? Nope. Only reading the book won’t change your life, but reading it and then applying it will!
The same is true for the Bible. How many times have we read something incredibly amazing in Scripture, something life changing, and we never do anything with it? For me, it’s probably all too often. James 1:22-25 says:
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”
In Tuesday’s Blog, “Becoming Sound in Scripture”, I talked about how important God’s Word is. Our memory verse for this week is Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.” Once we have Scripture in our heart and mind, we can remember what it guides us to do in our every day life. Additionally, by memorizing this verse, we are hiding it in our heart and living out the scripture.
In my daily quiet time with God, I have just begun studying the book of Isaiah. In Chapter 1, I read how Judah was rebelling against God. God remained faithful and continued to pursue them and ask that they repent and change their ways. He says to them in verse 18, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Now, I could have just highlighted this beautiful verse and moved on, but instead I meditated on how I could apply this to my life. It was then I was reminded to confess one of my sins (that I had pushed back in my mind) to the Lord from that day.
What are you reading right now in Scripture that you need to apply to your life? I encourage you to take some time to meditate on what God is trying to tell you to take action. Maybe you are reading about loving others and you need to call up an old friend, or possibly you are reading about serving and you should find an opportunity to serve the community. Whatever it is, pray that the Holy Spirit guides you on what direction to take to living the Living Word.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for giving me Your Word as a direction on how to live my life. Please allow Your Spirit to guide me in what action you want me to take in my life, Lord. In Jesus’s beautiful name, Amen.
Discussion: Have you read anything in Scripture recently that you have applied to your life? Please share in the comments below, you may inspire other readers!