19 Jul A Cloud of Confusion (LOOK IN THE MIRROR Day One)
Read James 1:20-22
Thought for the Day: My words and actions should line up.
In the classic children’s story Through the Looking Glass, Alice comes face-to-face with Humpty Dumpty. Before taking his great fall, Humpty expressed genuine confusion about whether he had ever seen Alice before. He explained that whether he was looking at her or anyone else, he had great difficulty telling human faces apart. In his unique way, Humpty offered his own solution for his dilemma: “Now if you had the two eyes on the same side of the nose, for instance — or the mouth at the top — that would be some help.”
Writing to First Century Christians, James the brother of Jesus, made it clear that simply hearing God’s Word without living it out is as odd as Humpty Dumpty’s solution: “Anyone who is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.” When we say that we follow Jesus but do not live out our faith, we are not fooling anyone. At those times, we live cluelessly just like Humpty Dumpty in Carrol’s famous novel. We are simply resorting to our own way of thinking. We end up acting like Humpty Dumpty, sitting on a wall in a cloud of confusion.
Today let’s decide to let go of the confusion and listen to God. Rather than living cluelessly, let’s be honest about where we are in our spiritual walks. If we are following Jesus faithfully, let’s take the time to thank God. If our talk and walk do not line up, let’s stop and ask for help. We have been given the Holy Spirit to direct and guide us. And of course, each of us has other Christians in our lives who can speak the truth to us when we need another perspective.
Pastors Stan and David