One evening my wife wanted to talk to me about free radicals, antioxidants, and such. I need to read up on these things before I can speak intelligently about them. It’s not that I don’t understand the subject—I grasp it perfectly while I’m studying it—but I just can’t seem to hold it in my brain for long afterward. The topic is not part of my daily conversation, so I haven’t really internalized it.
So it is with some people when they read the word of God. They take joy in reading the scriptures and find great comfort and instruction therein. But separated from their studies by a small space of time they lose their grasp on what they had been reading and are left with only some fuzzy, vague impressions of God’s will. This will has not yet become a part of their daily activity, so they quickly forget what that will was.
James admonishes us thus: “But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.”
That’s something to think about.