Marie’s daily verse: From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another (John 1:16).DAILY DEVOTION, February 9, 2022You are very entertaining to them, like someone who sings lovely songs with a beautiful voice or plays well on an instrument. They hear what you say but don’t pay any attention to it! (Ezekiel 33:32, TLV).The prophet refers to God. He is like one who sings lovely songs. People hear Him and are entertained. The problem is they do not do what God says. They pay no serious attention to what God commands. I have heard of people who read through the entire Bible every year. That is a noble practice. But the Bible is not like a novel we read for entertainment. It is God’s Word. God does not speak to entertain us. He speaks to reveal His will and expects us to act on what we read.Jesus affirmed this same truth in Matthew 7:24. “Whoever hears these sayings of mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house upon the rock.” Hearing must be followed by doing if we are to be considered wise. Fools read the Word of God but do not act upon what they read. Jesus compared them to a man who built his house upon the sand. A house built on sand will not survive the storms of life. Likewise, those who ignore the Scriptures will also not weather the storms of life.The dean of the seminary I attended said that to be a successful pastor, one must “read, read, read.” When it comes to the Bible, “read, read, read” must be followed by “do, do, do!”Father, I thank You for Your Word. Thank You for revealing Yourself to us in words. May Your words be more to me than a beautiful song. I want to be one who hears and then acts. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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