James 1: 22-24
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
These verses make me think of the little child who hears his parent's instruction, but does something altogether different. Was he really listening? The writer of this scripture knows that listening and hearing what is right and good does not always lead to doing what is right and good. Sometimes I need to hear something a number of times before it becomes a real part of my consciousness; a part that comes to mind when I need direction. It is like studying for an exam- if we knew it all and internalized it all immediately and permanently, there would be no need to study! Listening leads to learning, and that is when change can take place.
Holy father, help me to be a good student of your Word. When I read and hear your instruction, help me to hold it, and to live with it, and to use it. How fortunate we are to have your instructions- help me to deepen my understanding, Lord. Amen