James 1:25 - But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does.
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There’s a few videos circling around the internet right now of what seems to be surveillance and street cams capturing people walking and texting and running into things unaware. Some fall into construction site holes. Some trip over curbs. Some walk straight into street light poles or bus stop stands. It’s pretty funny but also pointed. Their focus upon what’s in their hands distract them from dangerous surroundings.
Now, this sounds like a public service announcement for people to not text and walk, but it’s not. I mean, people shouldn’t text and walk, but this is a great lesson about focus.
James says, “the person who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom”. The understanding of “looks intently” is that of stooping or bending over to investigate. When you stoop and look intently into something, you’re diving in, in order to find something. Oh that we would be people so enthralled and focused into God’s Word that we forget about our surroundings.
If we would be people stooping into God’s Word, it would be that we wouldn’t trip over curbs and run into street poles, but that we would be guided and directed by the Holy Spirit to avoid the dangers and pitfalls of life.
I don’t want to be guilty of diving too deep into text messages and social media apps, but rather guilty of diving deep into God’s Word. There is no public service announcement warning against that.