Do Something about It! Really?

Over the past number of posts I have written about how we take in the Word of God.  We have used the Hand Illustration as our roadmap for this discussion.  This post will finish up by discussing Application.  James speaks to us about applying God’s word.  He tells us not to be merely hearers of the word, but doers (James 1:22-26).

When we hear, read, study, memorize and meditate on the Scriptures, we should always be asking God to reveal to us how he would have us respond.  We could ask these questions:

  • Is there a sin to confess?
  • Is there a promise to receive?
  • I there an attitude to change?
  • Is there an example to follow?
  • Is there a prayer to pray?
  • Is there an error to avoid?
  • Is there a truth to avoid?
  • Is there a truth to believe?
  • Is there something to thank God for?

Too often we pressure ourselves to get a specific thing to do as a result of our daily devotional time.  Let’s think about that.  Say you have daily devotions 4 days a week, 52 weeks a year.  If you expect a specific application each day, that would be 208 applications in a year.  Yikes!  What a burden that would be.  My experience tells me that God doesn’t bombard me with that many things to do or change in my life over such a relatively short period of time.  Instead, he focuses on one or two things at a time, usually over an extended period of time.  He knows change will take time to work into my life.

As I journal regularly, more often than not I find the application is not so much a thing to do, but a truth about God to absorb into my thinking.  So I find myself paraphrasing that truth as I journal my application.  Check out my SOAP journal entry on Psalm 29:1-2 as an example.  Notice that in the application section I am personalizing my understanding of the splendor of God’s majesty.  There is nothing I can “do” that will add to God’s majesty.  The important thing is to acknowledge it, rest in it, and worship God with a greater appreciation.  By journaling about his majesty, I am working this wonderful reality deep into my soul.

What application has God revealed to you recently?

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