Daily Devotional
Are You Studying the Mirror?

“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.”

James 1:23-24

Ponder This

This passage contains the idea of a person who simply glances into the Word of God. He gets up in the morning. He’s in a hurry. He just runs past the mirror. And then he’s gone. As a result, he quickly forgets what he saw. We often do the same. Have you ever looked at your watch casually and then immediately forgot what time it was? We are prone to do the same with the Bible. We open the Book. We glance at it. We say, “I’ve done my duty.” And then, we’re on our way, but we have not really looked into the Word of God. We take only a quick look in the Book.

James reminded us in verse 25 that it is the person who continues in the Word of God who understands and lives according to the truth. The point of reading the Bible is not simply to check it off of our list, but to truly behold what God has said and to continue in it each day.

  • Would your regular time spent in the Bible better be described as “glancing” or “beholding”?
  • Why is it insufficient to glance at the Word of God as preparation for dealing with the daily challenges of life?

Practice This

Take intentional time today, not only to glance at the Bible but to behold what God says and to turn these truths over in your mind through meditation and prayer.


Read the New Adrian Rogers Biography

Adrian Rogers as the Moon Port Pastor

This biography, written by Dr. Phil Kramer, covers Pastor Rogers’ early years of ministry in Merritt Island, Florida. Merritt Island, nicknamed the “Moon Port,” was a major hub for scientists and astronauts during the race to the moon in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Pastor Rogers saw his purpose to “point men beyond the stars" and soon he became known as the “Moon Port Pastor.” As you read how these ministry years became foundational to Pastor Rogers' leadership development, your commitment to the Word of God will be fortified and your leadership skills will challenged and encouraged.