Listening and Doing

Day 323

Prayer for the day

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; for you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth. Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings.

Scripture for the day

Ezekiel 11-13, James 1

Not everyone tells the truth. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that we hear (and speak) lies regularly. We do it for a number of reasons, but the result is the same. Honesty may not be the easiest policy but it is certainly the best!

In the First Testament book of Ezekiel, YHWH God is furious with the false prophets who inhabit the land, speaking their lies to the people, who listen to them with rapt attention. The lies they speak are lies of comfort, lies that claim that God will not do what He says, or that God will not act for many years, and so there is nothing to worry about.

Sadly, the people listen to and act upon these lies. They believe the false prophets and so lie safely in their beds believing that the calamity prophesied will not come to pass before they are long dead and gone. Instead of listening to these lies, they ought to have practiced discernment, sifting the lies for truth.

The people to whom James writes are called to do exactly that. James encourages them to be hearers and doers of the word, ensuring that what they hear and do are measured against the standard of God’s words, so that they might be pleasing to the God they serve. True religion, says James, requires a wisdom that can rightly discern the word of God, and in doing so, allow the believer to rightly follow this God, hearing His words and doing them.

May you and I be hearers of the right word, and doers thereof.

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