James 1:23 “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass”
Approaching the Word of God is like coming to a mirror. Most often we use a mirror to check that we are clean and fit to present ourselves in public. To wash ones self it is no good to look at a picture of another and flatter ourselves that we must be cleaner. To put a picture up of one who has played in the mud and say “I am not like that” is of no use for our own cleansing. One does not see self stain by looking at someone else. We must have a clear sharply defining mirror and we must come to it to look only at ourselves. God’s Word is like that. It is the spiritual high definition mirror to look into and to see ourself.
God’s Word is also a clear reflecting fountain of water wherein not only do we see ourselves but we can also wash ourselves. God’s mirror is for personal washing. We tend to put mirrors above wash basins. God’s Word is above the fountain of blood that Christ has provided for the washing of sinners. The mirror of God’s gracious Word shows us our sinfulness but, bless God, it also points us to the cleansing remedy.
Adore that grace that gives you such a mirror and provides such a fountain for your cleansing.
I will praise Him! I will praise Him!
Praise the Lamb for sinners slain;
Give Him glory, all ye people,
For His blood can wash away each stain.