Hearing, understanding, and responding to God’s truth is only half the battle. The other half is fought every day as we DO what God has called us to. “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” - James 1:22
Much of the Law has been given at this point, and in the midst of these laws chapter 24 pops up. In this chapter there is a confirmation of the Law and Covenant with Israel, by Israel. A select group of men are called to go a part of the way up the mountain and to worship. The law is rehearsed in the ears of the people, and they respond… not once but twice in this chapter. Their response was a strong affirmative, “YES, we will do what God has called us to”, “YES we are His people, and will obey all.” This really was a pinnacle time for the nation of Israel, and a gleaming moment of commitment and obedience. It is unfortunate that we know the remainder of the story… disobedience was soon to follow.
Far too often we equate response to God’s Word as the final step. Don’t get me wrong here, we ought to respond to the reading and preaching of God’s Word, but that is a place of commencement not the destination. When you read the Scriptures and God seems to jump off the page and grab your attention, “I am talking to YOU” “change this” “do this” “sure this up”, so many wonderful and right things have happened! You read God’s Word! Excellent, what a right and Christ honoring thing to do. Not only did you read the Scriptures but you responded appropriately. God spoke to you, and you agreed with God! That is what we are called to do, retire our thinking and adhere to His. Even if all this is done, and you even strongly agree with God, shedding tears and being emotionally moved about doing right, if you do not actually DO what God has told you to it is only half obedience… aka disobedience.
I have told my children before, “go clean your room.” They agreed with me that their rooms needed to be cleaned, they even told me they were going to clean them, BUT they didn't actually go and clean them. They disobeyed. It doesn't matter how genuine their feelings were or how sincere they were in their intentions… they disobeyed.
Likewise, when we shed crocodile tears before God and agree with His Word and plan of action, but fail to actually do what He has called us to, we are in disobedience.
I want to encourage you today, be completely obedient to God. Read God’s Word, agree with the Bible, and then ACT on what you have read and been convicted about. Don’t make the blunder of agreeing internally, and failing to act externally. What has God been showing you over the last few weeks of devotional readings? Has He called you to action in a certain area of your life? Are you doing what you know He has called you to? If not, why not? How can you obey Him fully today?
Daily Scripture Reading
Exodus 22 - 24
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do.”