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JAMES 1 - FAITH UNDER PRESSURE

August 11, 2016

In my six years of bikepacking, I have found that each day has it's own form of pressure.  From setting up camp, tearing down camp, making food, filtering water, riding to the next destination, and if the situation presents itself... fixing your bike.  Bikepacking is not a bed of roses.  Yes, it has it's highs, but it has no shortage of added pressure.

 

The main topic in Chapter 1 of James is a warning of the pressures we will face in carrying out God's plan for our lives. 

 

James 1:2-4

 

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

 

As in bikepacking, we can't avoid getting out of pressures, or challenges, that we face.  We have to drink, we have to eat, we have to sleep, and we have to have a mechanically sound bike in order to get to the next destination.  James is telling us to not shy away from these challenges and to show our true colors.

 

Don't worry though, James goes on to give us advice on how to handle these situations - James 1:5-18.  You didn't think He'd just feed us to the wolves did you?  Just as God will always be there for us we too need to be there for those that we are discipling.  Let them understand that they will face challenging situations, but don't worry they have someone to lean on (Proverbs 3:5-12)!

 

Final point James makes in chapter 1 is to act on what we hear from the Lord (James 1:19-27).  In bikepacking we plan and plan and plan, but if we don't act on our plans what good is all the planning.  The Lord has been preparing us for this very moment.  The moment we take His Word to the world.  Listen to his advice, guidance, and warnings.  He will guide you through these challenges of putting your faith into practice!

 

We'd like to leave you with some advice on engaging others from a  previous post: When We Listen - this post talks about the 3 L's: Listen, Learn, Love.  James tells us to Lead with our ears (Listen), follow up with your tongue aka ask questions (Learn), and let anger straggle along in the rear (Love).  James 1:19 

 

Thanks and God Bless!

 

David Wildman

 

 

 

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