Good Observers

23 For 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; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does (James 1).

Poets are good observers: they look deeply into the heart of things so that they can with profundity speak of those things from the heart. “Doers” are also good observers: they look “intently at the perfect law” of God’s Word, allowing that Word to change their hearts and make them godly conduits of truth to others.

To be a good doer one must be a good observer, and to be a good observer means to create an observance—which by definition is a remembrance of something. Unlike walking away from a mirror and forgetting what they look like, doers can walk away from reading God’s Word and remember what it has said to them so as to put it into practice.

Lord, thank You for Your perfect law! Help us This Day to observe and remember it. Amen.