I’ve realized that having a plan doesn’t always work out. No matter how much I plan, it just doesn’t seem to go my way. I realize more and more everyday that God has a perfect plan for me and it’s the only one that matters.
Last night I was reading my bible. I read the book of James after meeting with some wonderful friends of mine and said it would be a good one to read. I have never actually gone through and read an entire book of the bible. You would think after all these years of being a christian, that wouldn’t be such a hard task. It seems as if recently my passion and love for God has grown so much more and I just can’t get enough.
The beginning of James talks about trials. James 1:2, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” Going through life we are going to face so many trials and oh man will they test our faith. Just recently I have gone through something where I needed God more than anything. There were moments where I didn’t trust him and I feared that I wasn’t going to be okay. God will put you through these things but you just have to realize that you can’t ever let go of Him. I remember laying down at my doctors appointment so scared but praying and singing Good Good Father. I had to remind myself that God was with me in that moment and I needed that reassurance. Always have faith.
When I reached James 1:26-27, “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world”, I had to pause for a moment. I thought about who I was in high school. I know for a fact I didn’t live by the word completely. I wish I was stronger in my faith during those years but unfortunately I wasn’t. I thought about the many people around me that call themselves Christians but don’t live by the word. I can’t say I am perfect in any way but when I see someone go to church every Sunday and then go home and act like a completely different person just breaks my heart. We need to show a constant representation of God and his love. We need to let his light shine through us! We can’t do that if we don’t truly live by the word of God.
As I went on reading and got to chapter four I read James 4:12, “There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?”. This is something I know I struggle with and not afraid to admit it. I wish I wasn’t so quick to judge people by their lifestyle. Whenever I see people drinking I just can’t help but think why? Why can’t you try to find joy in something else. Something that truly makes you happy and isn’t a temporary thing. As a christian that’s what we get the most hate for, judging others but in the bible it clearly states not to judge your neighbor.
James 5:19-20, “My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”
The book of James was a perfect and easy read. One I recommend now after reading it and seeing how many things I could relate to. My thoughts were all over the place going through it but I realized how much I needed to read it. God is working in my life right now and I know that. I know that as I sit and wonder what the heck I’m doing in my life, he already knows and he’s preparing me for the future.
The verses I have written down are ones that stuck out to me and were ones I really loved. Go through James and see what ways you relate. Any time you feel called to God’s word just sit, open your bible and read.