Re:Verse passage – James 1:19-27 (day five)
“But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.”
I am so grateful for the truth and consistency found in God’s Word. We just spent the past three months studying Judges and being reminded over and over again the problem and dysfunction of the Israelites in their relationship with God. “They didn’t remember”. Here in James, written thousands of years later, same warning. Same truth. Brilliant illustration (mirror). We must remember- Who God is. What He has done. What he has said about each of us.
How? We should “look intently”. With focus. With hope. With humility. With hunger, and with honesty.
James is encouraging us to do that frequently, regularly, and intentionally.
What we learn is that we are marred with sin (no one got this better than Paul- see Romans 7) and God is the generous and gracious giver of life and freedom.
If we remembered those truths, how would that shape the way we think, act, and speak??