Posted by: mikenicholsblog | July 20, 2016

from within them

Have you ever wanted to give up on a day before it even started? Our daughter certainly had every reason to feel this way a week ago as she started her vacation. She stayed up all night to catch a shuttle from New York City to Newark, NJ where she was to catch a plane. The 3:30am shuttle never came (had a breakdown) and she had to catch a cab. Eighty dollars later she was at the airport, still excited to start her vacation. Her flight was on time … until it hit the runway! After a long wait and a return to the terminal due to weather, her plane was finally airborne. Upon arriving in Chicago, she discovered her connecting flight had (of course) left. Twenty-one hours after her planned shuttle pick up and anticipated on-time departure she arrived at her destination. It is almost certain you have also experienced days of delay, disruption and discouragement.

When those “D” days come, how do you respond?  I would like to think that I always tap into my spiritual reserves and quote scripture, act joyfully, and use the disruption as an avenue of opportunity to show God’s love and grace. But I don’t!  Can you relate?

As I was thinking over my reading in the book of James recently, it was evident I knew the principles … I just don’t always practice them. You may feel the same way! When we are not looking to the Father, delays and disruptions will be anything but an avenue to show His grace. Look at a few of the principles that the book of James gives us.

Consider it pure joy when you encounter trials- I know that!
If you lack wisdom, ask God for it- I know that!
Be a good listener- I know that!
Be a doer of the Word, not just a hearer- I know that!
Faith without action is not faith- I know that!
The tongue is hard to handle- I know that!
Resist the devil and he will flee- I know that!
Get close to God and He’ll get close to you- I know that!
Life is fleeting- I know that!
Prayers of the righteous are powerful- I know that!

Like me, you probably know those principles. But I desire to always be moving from knowing to practicing the principles. God builds depth into our lives as we take the delays and discouragements and use them for His glory. When our daily value system is to view life from God’s perspective (you can do it), then what we know begins to be what we do. Along the journey there will always be moments of knowing the Word, followed immediately by a failure to practice it. God is so gracious to forgive and restore us when we confess those moments.  And after doing so, desires that we strive onWord!

So what do long delays and missed connections have to do with the “knowing and doing” of the Word? Everything! They provide an illustration of the opportunities we have each and every day to reflect Christ from within our circumstances. We don’t need God to remove them, or to remove us from them.  We can call on His power to reflect the image of Christ from within them.  There are people all around you who will see your faith in action.  Don’t be a hearer only …

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
James 1:22 (NIV)

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Responses

  1. Wow. Yes we can all relate to this for sure
    Great reminder. We know but we need to Do more
    To be the light
    Thanks for your commitment in helping us with our journey
    Sincerely
    Brad Wise


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