Daily Devotional: Day 5
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22, KJV).
Doing something and trying to do something aren’t the same thing. Yes, there’s a big difference; words have meaning. God’s desire is for you to walk in wisdom and integrity by meditating on his Word and putting it into practice. In today’s Scripture passage, James exhorts us to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17), but that’s not all. To produce fruit, God wants you to do his Word. Change happens when you do what the Word tells you. Mary instructed the servants at the wedding in Cana, “Whatsoever he [Jesus] saith unto you, do it” (John 2:5). With God, you can’t try; you can only do or not do. God doesn’t say you should try to do his Word. He doesn’t ask you to try to honor your parents. He says, “Honor your parents.” He doesn’t tell you to try to be holy; he says, “Be holy.” Notice also that God didn’t try to save you; he saved you. And Jesus doesn’t try to love you; he loves you.
Your Father in heaven is decisive in his thoughts and decisions. It’s not in his nature to try; it’s in his nature to do or not do. You possess his divine character in you. Now he wants you to approach life with his attitude. Train yourself, therefore, to be a doer of God’s Word. That’s the only way to express the God-character in you. Trying is a fine excuse for those planning to fail. Yes, some people plan to fail unknowingly. When things don’t work out, their go-to excuse is, “I tried” or “I’m trying.” Trying doesn’t accomplish anything; doing does. There’s no traffic sign I know that says, “TRY TO STOP,” or “TRY TO YIELD.” Imagine what would happen if traffic signs included the word “try.” Remove “try” from your vocabulary, and replace it with “do.” Remember that when you’re truly trying something, it means you’re truly not doing it. And when you’re truly doing what must be done, then you don’t need to try. Trying is for the uncommitted; doing is for the committed. Be decisive. Don’t try your best; unleash your best. That’s God’s will for you.
Daddy, I bless your name! You’re not trying to love me. You love me. Thank you for opening my eyes to the truth. Trying is not for me. I can do all things through you who strengthen me. Therefore, in the Name of Jesus my Lord and Savior, I reject the spirit of confusion and vagueness. My mind is sound and I’m focused. As I commit to your Word, I’m going from glory to glory. Amen.
For further study: Joshua 1:7-8; John 12:46-50
Charis Temple (non-denominational church)