12 November 2014

An Attentive Spirit Satisfied in the Word of God

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:19–21)
We might wonder why the ever practical James does not proceed to outline schemes of daily Bible reading for us, for surely these are the ways in which we offer a willing ear to the voice of God, but he does not help us in this way, rather he goes deeper, for there is little point in schemes and times if we do not have an attentive spirit. It is possible to be unfailingly regular in Bible reading, but achieve no more than to have moved the bookmark forward. This is reading unrelated to an attentive spirit. The Word is read but not heard. On the other hand, if we can develop an attentive spirit, this will spur us to create those conditions—a proper method in Bible reading, a discipline of time, and so on—by which the spirit will find itself satisfied in hearing the Word of God.

— J.A. Motyer, The Message of James

Further Reading
Doctrine Matters
What God Says About His Word
Affirming sola Scriptura

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