Gazing God's Word Intently

Josh Arana 

“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 a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing, he will be blessed in what he does.”  James 1:22-25

When I was preparing to propose to my wife, I spent a lot of time looking for the right ring. My wife is very easy going, yet particular. She didn’t care for a certain diamond cut. She didn’t care for the amount of karats in the ring. She didn’t even necessarily care for the size of the ring. The only thing she wanted was a pearl. Elegant. Beautiful. Simple. That’s all she wanted. Knowing that, I knew I had my work cut out for me to find the perfect pearl ring for my future bride. I remember going into store after store, looking at every individual pearl ring I could find. I was intentionally looking for the ring that would fit my future bride. Recently, I had to ask myself if I give my time with God, my devotions, the same intent that I gave to finding my wife’s pearl engagement ring. Through conviction, and prayer, I have found that my personal devotional life has needed some improvement.

God’s word is an incredible thing. It is our best source to help us make the decisions possible for living a life that glorifies God. James looks at God's word like a mirror, a mirror that we can use to evaluate our lives. If we are looking to have God bless our lives, we need to use His word as THE source to guide our lives. But this requires us to not simply just listen to God’s word, but to gaze upon what He is saying through His word. James gives us a blueprint to help us have a more blessed life through gazing at God’s Word.

READ your Bible. “…but the man who looks intently at God’s Word”.
REVIEW the Bible. “… and continues to do this…”
REMEMBER the Bible.“…not forgetting what he has heard…”
RESPOND to the Bible.“… but doing…”

God’s word is our best hope to conquer the trials and tribulations of this life. God’s word is our best hope in handling difficulties. God’s word is our best hope. Period. God brings blessings when intently looking at His word. God brings answers when we intently look at His word. God brings direction when we intently look at His word.

It’s time to start intently gazing God’s Word.

Things to consider when intently gazing upon His Word:

1.) Do you use God’s Word as a mirror for your life?
2.) Have you noticed things in your life that need to change?
3.) How often are you intently gazing at God’s Word?
4.) How often are you simply just listening to His Word without applying it to your life?
5.) What are ways that you can start listening to His Word, focusing on what applies to you, then doing what His Word says?

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