Today’s Scripture: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17


Here in America we are so busy with Thanksgiving preparations, making travel plans, and even shopping for a holiday that is over 7 weeks away, we don’t even realize that England is celebrating a holiday right now. This holiday is to remember a significant day in the religious and political history of England. However, this day ought to be remembered by every Christian who loves religious freedom.

On November 5, 1605, there was an assassination attempt on King James I. Had it been successful, England may have returned to being a Catholic nation which would mean English Bibles would be outlawed, and, for sure, the King James Bible would have never been translated.

England was officially Protestant, and the new King James I was more evangelical than any Catholic would ever want. They wanted the Church of England to merge back into the Catholic Church. Thirteen Catholics decided to take matters into their own hands by blowing up the House of Lords when the King, Queen, and every member of Parliament would be there.

Guy Fawkes’ job was to light the fuse of the 36 barrels of gunpowder below the House of Lords. The plot was tipped off, and Guy Fawkes was arrested early in the morning on November 5.

God protected the King, and six years later the Authorized Version (King James Version) would be finished. God obviously protected the king, and we benefit from it to this day, over four hundred years later.

Through the Bible and through history, we can see God is always in control. This Thanksgiving, make sure to thank God for the religious liberty He has given us and the indescribable blessing of having God’s Word in our own language.

Devotional by Jim Scudder