Stay Home and Keep Them (James 1:22)

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A church member went to his pastor, Phillips Brooks, to tell him he was going to the Holy Land. He said that it was his intention to visit Mount Sinai. “In fact,” the man told the minister, “I plan to climb to the top of that mountain and when I get there read aloud the Ten Commandments.”

Thinking this would please Dr. Brooks, the church member was surprised to hear his pastor say, “You know. I can think of something even better than that.” The man responded, “You can, Pastor? And what might that be?”

Brooks replied rather bluntly, “Just this. Instead of traveling thousands of miles to read the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, why not stay right here at home and keep them?”

God wants us to read His Word, of course. But more important, He wants to obey it. So, as we open the Bible each day, we should pray not only for illumination to understand it but also for a willingness to obey it. Hearing and doing must go hand-in-hand.

When Saul hear Jesus speaking to him on the road to Damascus, he asked, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” (Acts 9:6). That’s a good question for us to ask whenever we read the Bible or hear it read.

Let’s be “doers of the word!” – Richard W. De Haan

We take delight to read God’s Word,

We say, “Ah, yes, it’s true!”

But it’s of little use to us

Unless His will we do. – D. J. De Haan

The Spirit of God enables the child of God to obey the Word of God.

  • October 31, 1990, Our Daily Bread
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