November 18: “When Reading Your Bible is Useless”

4 Minute Read + Scripture readings


Ezekiel 37:1–38:23
James 1:19–2:17
Psalm 117:1-2
Proverbs 28:1


James 1:22–25 (CSB): “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like someone looking at his own face in a mirror. For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of person he was. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer who works — this person will be blessed in what he does.”


Our Verses for Today tell us that it isn’t enough to simply read and agree with God’s Word. If we don’t put it into practice, our knowledge is utterly useless.

The writer uses an illustration to clarify his point. Essentially, he says that hearing God’s Word without doing anything about it is like someone who looks in a mirror and sees the hair that needs to be combed, the shirt that needs to be tucked in, and the pants that need to be ironed. Yet, he walks away and does nothing about. The question could be posed: “Why did you even look in the mirror if you weren’t going to fix the problems that it exposed?”

That is precisely the question that could be asked of us if we read God’s Word and do nothing to adjust our thinking and behavior to conform to it.

So, friend, as you read God’s Word today, look for those areas in your life that need correcting. Let God’s Holy Spirit expose an area in which you need to repent and change.

And when He points it out, do something about it. Because if you don’t, your time in His Word was useless.


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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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