What difference does it make if we attend every college and university known to man if we never use or apply what we have learned? Imagine how more important that truth becomes when we are dealing with the Word of God? In Proverbs 29:18 the psalmist wrote: “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law.” Some versions of the Bible render. “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”. This verse of course has been used for many years for promotions and campaigns meaning that where we have no vision to grow or build, we cease to exist. But what this verse is really pointing to is our clear (clarity) understanding and application of the Word of God in our lives.
No doubt we live in a time where examples of individuals living as if there is no law (lawlessness) and no clear understanding of God’s Word are abundant, if not overwhelming. But what is equally disturbing is the fact that there are more resources, apps, tools, and ability to tap into the true meaning of God’s Word than in any other time in the worlds history, but hardly any evidence that these truths and instructions are having any impact (application) in most of our lives. Put simply, if we fail to apply, there is no doubt that we will fail miserably at every attempt to live in any way that glorifies God. The danger is far reaching, for if we fail to apply, we will fail at one of the greatest and dearest commandments the Lord ever gave.
“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:22-25 (nasb).