James continues to describe what the life of genuine, trusting, saving faith looks like. How do people who truly trust God the Father live from day to day? James makes it clear that those who trust God don’t merely become experts at listening to God’s Word. To believe is to act on what we hear.
As the previous verse stated, we are definitely called to accept the Word. We should accept it in our minds, and agree to it in our hearts. Those who believe, stop talking long enough to listen (James 1:19). They take the time to hear and understand. But the faithful don’t stop there. Faith in Christ is not just the map; it’s the actual journey. Merely nodding our heads at the Word is not enough—we need to do what the Word tells us to do. We need to figure out which way God wants us to go, and then actually go that way.
If we don’t, we demonstrate that we don’t truly trust the Father, at least not in that moment.
And, we pray :
Dear God, I pray that as I study and listen to Your Word, may I never become idle with it. I desire to be one who expresses the nature of Christ in my life day in and day out. May I never become lazy about Your Word Father, and may I never be known as a simple hearer. I commit myself to making an active effort in my Christian walk. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.