For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; (v23)
Your Bible is a mirror that shows you what you really look like in God’s eyes: “If anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was” (James 1:23 NAS)
This word “man” is the Greek word for a male, so we’re talking about the way men use the mirror. They glance just long enough to get the basics done then they’re gone. But not woman. They’re so intent on knowing how they look that they carry a mirror in their purse. They can find out any time of the day how they look. The point here is not the difference in the way men and women use a mirror, but the difference between taking a quick glance at yourself and hanging out in front of the mirror until you have fully seen who you are in God’s eyes.
As we read God’s Word the Holy Spirit holds up a mirror before us. He wants us to see ourselves so that we can make whatever adjustments are necessary. James continues: One who looks intently at the perfect law, (the word of God), and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be what he does (James 1:25NAS). In what area of your life do you desire a greater measure of God’s blessing? (TWFT)
PRAYER LINE: Father, thank You for the mirror that enables me to see myself and make necessary adjustments. Let me be the best You created me to be.
When life knocks you down, you’re in the perfect position to pray.