A prominent businessman once built a multi-million-dollar corporation from the ground up. He knew his business well and had his company running like a well-oiled machine. One day he announced to his board of directors that he was going to take an extended vacation. You could see the panic in their faces. "Don't worry," he assured them. "I am going to send you a letter every month explaining what you should do and how to do it." True to his word, he faithfully sent the letters to his board of directors, but when he returned from his vacation the company was in utter chaos. He immediately assembled his board and asked them, "What happened? Didn't you receive the letters I sent you." "Yes, we received them. We had department meetings to discuss them. Several employees committed portions of your letters to memory. We loved your letters." "But," he asked, "did you do what they said?" "Well, no."
It does not do much good to love God's Word and study it all the time, if you are not planning to apply what it says to your life.
Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.- James 1:21
James is a great little book. The author was the physical half-brother of Jesus, the son of Joseph and Mary. For your quiet time today, write out your spoken communication from God, the way you learned to do on Day Eight. Write down what God was saying to you as you read the book of James.
Now write out your prayer to God in response to what He spoke to you through this book we call James. Pray about being a doer of the Word and not just a hearer.