On a Personal Note – Knowing vs. Doing…



April 14, 2023

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Joshua 1:8 ESV

Growing up, my siblings and I would play all kinds of games with each other. Looking back, they were probably more dangerous than I would like to admit, but I was way more adventurous as a child. One of the games that we played was in the street and although our road was not a busy one, occasionally cars would drive by. Now my mom always told us to stay out of the street, but children don’t always listen. Did we know better? Absolutely. Did we do better? Absolutely not. What I have come to find as an adult is that there is a distinct difference between knowing and doing.

This verse in Joshua is sound wisdom. To give it some context, God is commissioning Joshua to lead the people of Israel into the promised land. In this verse, God instructed Joshua on the importance of meditating on the word of God AND doing what is written in it. The Lord is clear on connecting action with knowledge. This connection is what provides the foundation for success.

If we looked at our lives right now, what would we see? Is our doing connected with our knowledge of God? Or are we like disobedient children who know better, yet fail to do better?

Today, I want to encourage you to take inventory and start doing what the Lord has instructed you to do.

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