‘Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.’ James 1:22 NIV
Shame makes us want to slide into some dark hole and never come out. Most things don’t grow in the dark but shame blooms like a giant mushroom. Only when we expose it to the light of God’s Word does it start to shrivel. Uncomfortable feelings can be triggered by everyday things like a familiar song, the mention of someone who hurt you, an anniversary, a birthday, maybe even a holiday such as Christmas or Valentine’s Day. That’s why James tells us, ‘Do not merely listen to the Word… Do what it says.’ When something wrong has happened to us (or we’ve done something wrong), we can feel that need to hide ourselves. We may even feel that we’re not good enough to come into God’s presence.
But God never turns us away. He’ll come looking for us when we’ve gone into hiding. God already knew what Adam and Eve had done, yet He looked for them: ‘But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”’ (Genesis 3:9 NIV) God doesn’t abandon us in our shame, instead He comes to find us, brings us back into the light and then gives us a second chance. And a third. And a fourth. And on and on and on. Instead of talking about how you feel, start talking about what you know—the facts as recorded in the Word of God. God’s Word is God’s opinion of you and it’s the greatest healing force on earth. So read it, believe it, speak it, and stand on it. As you do, you’ll begin to rise above your shame-based thinking. ‘Do not merely listen to the Word… Do what it says.’
SoulFood: Num 16–18, Mt 12:15–21, Ps 107:33–43, Prov 3:27–28
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019