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A Look in the Mirror | March 7, 2012

The knowledge of God is a lot more than just “learning stuff about God.” It’s also a look at ourselves. And of course, it’s always humbling (or at least it should be)!

For example: When we learn from Scripture that God knows everything – every thought and intention of our hearts, every imagination, every desire – does that knowledge scare us? Or does it comfort us? Or make us angry? Our own reaction to the truth shows us who we are and “where we’re at” spiritually.

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. James 1:22-24

A hearer but not a doer? How can any of us really be doers of the word? Especially the book of James, wow. James beats the crap out of me every time I read his book. But I have discovered one way in which I can avoid being a “hearer only.” And it’s overcoming a habit I started years ago in which I treated bible reading as a religious duty instead of a privilege and pleasure to feed upon! Y’see, if bible reading is my religious duty, then I have “done my duty” merely by reading it. So first of all, bible reading is a good and smart and godly thing to do, but a complete waste of time if it becomes a religious obligation. Secondly, it’s only interpreted properly by reading it with the intention of doing what it says!

And you know it is having an effect when the knowledge that God knows your every secret thought actually brings you comfort and joy instead of terror and self hatred. Okay? He knows all that and still loves me anyway! He knows all that and wants to renew my mind and actually fix all that broken, wicked stuff. This is another reason why I love my Hero, and another way in which He lets me participate in His awesome deeds.

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