“But there are those who study the perfect law, the law of freedom, and continue to do it. They don’t listen and then forget, but they put it into practice in their lives. They will be blessed in whatever they do.” (James 1:25 CEB)
“… blessed in whatever they do.” That’s quite a promise. Note its goodness (“blessed”) and scope (“whatever”). Notice how it settles into your spirit and grabs a hold of your heart.
It’s important to remember:
- This isn’t a promise that if you’re a person of genuine, practicing faith you’ll have plenty of tangible things.
- This isn’t a promise that if you’re an obedient follower of Christ your life will be swept free of difficulties and troubles.
- This isn’t a promise that if you put enough of God’s word into you and do all you can to allow your behavior be shaped by your belief that you’ll be “successful” by the world’s definition of “success.”
It’s equally vital to recall:
- This is a promise that God himself will gift you as you serve him.
- This is a promise that your doing God’s will is never in vain because his doing is right there with your doing.
- This is a promise that there is nothing you do for God or go through with God that he doesn’t work good in, whether you ever even see it or realize it.
Trust God your Father, the one who gives you, his child, his word, this word, this reason to live for him.
“But those who study and practice the perfect law that brings freedom, those who aren’t about listening to it and then not recalling their responsibility to live by it, will find their way blessed at every turn.” (James 1:25 DSV)
My heavenly Father, you call me to live after your goodness and you promise your goodness to me as I do so. As you are faithful to your promises, father, may I be faithful in my promise always to serve you. May that be when your goodness is obvious and instant to my finite senses as well as when your goodness is obscured or even invisible to me completely. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.