Don’t Fool Yourself….

reading the Bible and not obeying what you read will not bring God’s blessings.

That’s what James tells us at the end of his first chapter.

If we read God’s word and obey it, it will set us free and we will receive God’s blessings.

Anything less is foolishness.

He writes this sort of strange analogy about looking at your face in the mirror and then walking away only to forget what you look like.

The other day this made more sense to me.  I was finishing up getting ready for work when I looked in the mirror and saw that I didn’t have any earrings on yet.  I intended to go pick some out but then I got distracted by something else as I walked away.

When I got to work, I happened to glance at the mirror and was kind of shocked to see that I didn’t have any earrings on.  I had intended to put some on but it never happened so now I went all day without earrings.

This experience helped me relate to the mirror analogy.   When I read God’s truth in the Bible, I need to obey it and act upon it.  I can’t let other things distract me.  The best intentions in the world are worthless without action and follow-through.

If I want God’s blessings in my life, obedience comes first. 

Dear Father, please help me grow in obedience.

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